Anorexia nervosa is a eating disorder that has effected many people. It is characterized as a disorder that involves extreme amount of weight loss and the negative picture or perception that one is not thin enough. They often view themselves as overweight, when usually that is not the case. Many people who suffer from this disorder refuse to eat the required amount of calories a day; some may even take laxatives or other enemas to lose weight. Excessive amounts of working out are also a way in which anorexic people lose weight. These things become a daily cycle in anorexic people's lives and it turns into a sort of obsession. This obsession is often compared to addiction. Anorexia mostly affects mostly young women. Questions that arise for me is, what makes people become anorexic? If they clearly aren't overweight, some even extremely thin, why do they continue to think they are fat?
This eating disorder is very important to understand because it affects 0.5-3.7 % of females in their lifetime. They number may not seem very high, but anorexia is a dangerous disorder that needs to be treated because it has many long term effects and can even kill you. Many factors play a role into causing anorexia. The media plays a huge role into how girls perceive themselves. 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures and 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape. When looking at magazines I often feel like I don't look as good as the girls in magazines and it often makes my self-esteem go down. This is why I think it is important to be aware of anorexia because it not only physically hurts someone's body, but it emotionally hurts people. Anorexia is usually associated with depression, and depression is a major factor playing into role of this disorder. We need to be aware of anorexia because there are many things we can change to prevent people from having bad self- images. Look at the picture below and find one thing wrong with this female's body: (there probably isn't)
(this is the type of photo that we would see on the cover of magazines which many young females view)
Now view the girl below...she suffers from anorexia nervosa and pictures like the female above often influence the girl below's self-image. This is a serious disorder in which things can be done to help them before it gets so severe.
Anorexia is a physical disorder but it also affects people emotionally. Treatment includes bringing your body weight back up to normal and also making your self-image better. "Group counseling or support groups may assist the individual in the recovery process. The ultimate goal of treatment should be for the individual to accept herself/himself and lead a physically and emotionally healthy life." http://www.medicinenet.com/anorexia_nervosa/page5.htm Someone with anorexia often don't think they are to skinny. They view themselves as fat, even when it is far from that case. After people receive treatment they look back and view themselves as a walking skeleton. Although there isn't strong evidence for what exactly causes anorexia nervosa, there are things that we know influence it, so it is important that we do what we can to prevent people from getting this disorder. The media is one way that strongly affects women's self-image, so things can be done to change the media image so it's not always the skinny hot girl on the cover.