Because of the nature of Anorexia nervosa, it is one of the most life threatening psychological conditions out there according to our textbook. When I read that, I was shocked. I also didn't quite know the specifics that went along with the disorder. One of my close friends has Anorexia - she is obsessed with eating and congratulates herself when she skips a meal. Recently I've heard of more and more boys being diagnosed with Anorexia. Boys are also pressured to be lean, muscular, and fit just like girls are. This MSNBC video gives great detail as to why this disease affects boys too.
The video describes the young men who end up with this disorder as straight-A students who usually are athletes; all in all, they are outstanding kids. I feel like this disorder probably affects more males than is recorded because men are so afraid to let anyone know. It's up to the family and friends of that person to tell them and get them help. That can be an extremely hard conversation to have but it needs to be said.
What I wonder is what initially triggers the obsessiveness with food? Every little kid I've ever met enjoys food. Every middle school aged kid I've ever met absolutely adores junk food. Most high school aged kids love having the freedom of taking the car and going out to eat. So, what triggers it?