Eating Disorders Essays & Term Papers

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Anorexia and bulimia are excessive eating disorders. Anorexia is the act of starving oneself, usually to maintain a certain physical image. Bulimia is a disorder in which one person eats an excessive amount (bingeing) and then purges the food on purpose. Bulimics usually induce vomiting or use laxatives of some sort. There are many similarities in both illnesses, the most common being the cause. There seems to be a common occurrence of sexual and/or physical and emotional abuse in direct rela

BINGE-EATING THAT PLAGUES ADULTS NOW RECOGNIZED AS A DISORDER Many people binge once in a while, like at the holiday season or even just stress related. But when you do it constantly it gets to be a problem. Specialist Karen Eselson Belding says, "Binge-eating disorder is when an individual repeatedly consumes extremely large quantities of food-several thousand calories at a time-in an effort to cope with whatever is bothering them emotionally, like depression, grief of boredom." Thi

Eating Disorders: Physical and Psychological Damages Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and disordered eating. That’s all we see in the bathroom stalls on the seventh floor in Hayes – Healy. What exactly are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and disordered eating? Anorexia, bulimia, and disordered eating are habits that become an eating disorder. There are two sides to understanding the problems of eating disorders. One side is the emotional or psychological side that is affect

Anorexia Nervosa And Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia are two deadly disorders that haunt teenage men and women each year. Both conditions are emotional disorders in which have to do with fears of being overweight. Usually, young women are recipients of these plagues, but it isn’t uncommon for young men to suffer from Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Studies show that between 5 and 18 percent of known victims die because of unhealthy eating disorders. Anorexia is a conditio

Eating disorders are very common these days. What are eating disorders? According to the website I found, Adolescence Issue: Eating Disorders, an eating disorder is a severe disturbance in eating behavior, as well as unhealthy efforts to control body weight and abnormal attitudes about one s body and shape. The most commonly known eating disorders are Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa. What does it mean to be Bulimic or Anorexic? According to the website Vital Information, Bul

Eating Disorders Eating disorders are a growing problem in teenagers of today. According to an Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) study, eighty-six percent of eating disorder victims report their problem before the age of twenty. The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that usually strikes women. There are about seven million women who have anorexia, and many of them will di

My project was on eating disorders, mainly anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.Eating disorders are strong expressions of food and weight concerns. People with eating disorders often control their liver by controlling their weight. Thinness is an important measure of self worth for these individuals. it affects all ages, color, occupation, and social class. For every nine female struggling with an eating disorder there one male. It also affects males. Anorexia nervosa: meaning loss

Turn on any television show or look through any teen magazine, and what do you usually see? You will probably notice at least one ad for a food product that is being eaten by happy and good looking people. What is the message being sent to our adolescents today? Is it better to eat good food or be thin like a model? This is a hard choice that teenage girls have to face everyday. Most people believe that thinner is better. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that usually strikes wom

An eating disorder is defined as a preoccupation with dieting and thinness leading to excessive weight loss. Ten years ago, the number of teenagers who suffered from eating disorders was less than 500,000. Today, there are more than three million teenage girls, in the U.S. alone, being stricken with diseases such as anorexia and bulimia. The alarming fact is that more than 15% of these girls will die. There are a number of different causes behind the developement of eating disorders.

Internet research Childhood depression is not just a mood swing where a child can plainly snap out of it. This disorder goes beyond the sadness of having a bad day and having to cope with it. It’s even worse than dealing with a deceased parent or loss of a friend when the child has to move. This disorder involves the brain, and affects the way the child feels, thinks, and acts. This disease is highly treatable if detected early on and the child can avoid school failure, thoughts

Eating Disorders Eating disorders include extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for both males and females (Academy). Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder are the three major and most recognized eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and

Stereotyping can happen in numerous ways; one very cruel way of stereotyping would be stereotyping a person for being overweight. People often stereotype others because of beliefs they have learned from their parents or on their own. Discriminating against a person because of one’s weight can be a seriously hurtful and demeaning thing. Many people assume that the causes for being overweight are eating all day and rarely exercising. Some people call overweight people slobs or laz

In the five years that I have been teaching preschool and studying child development theorits and practices the most common learning disability that I have encountered is Attention Deficit Disorder : now also, known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have often been asked for my opinion on effects of treatments that are being sugguested for thier young children; and thougt, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more on the condition. Three to five percent of the 65 millio

Making a diagnosis When an eating disorder is suspected, many doctors begin with a series of questions developed by mental health professionals on attitudes and behavior regarding food. Questions like: - What is your weight right now? - Do you think you re to fat or that other parts of your body are to fat? - Over the past few months has your weight increased, decreased, or remained the same? - How much do you exercise? - Are you dieting or other means of losing weight? - Have you ever

Eating Disorders Eating disorders are mental disorders that can have serious physical complications. These disorders may make normal functioning difficult and can become chronic, crippling illnesses and in extreme cases require hospitalization. There are two main types of eating disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia. These are complex disorders focusing on issues of eating, body weight, and body shape. People who intentionally starve themselves suffer from an eating disorder called anorexia nervo

Anorexia and Bulimia Anorexia and Bulimia are serious, functional eating disorders. There are many similarities with the two diseases, but the few differences differentiate the two. Mostly occurring in women, these disorders cause a person to look in the mirror and see themselves as 73.6-80.6 percent larger than they really are. These are terrible diseases that are almost purely mental and they need immediate treatment. Anorexia is an eating disorder in which a person has an intense fear

I have chosen the topic of eating disorders amoungst adolescents for my reaserch project. By Meriam Webster Medical Dictionary definition, the term eating disorder is defined by the following; Eating Disorders: Psychological disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia) charachterized by gross disturbances of eating behavior. Anorexia Nervosa: Anorexia Nervosa is a disorder which is charachterized by self-starvation. Contrary to popular belief anorexics do eat every day even involv

Not All Black And White Christmas is a time of joy, but the Christmas of 1988 was one of revelation for me. My best friend of 15 years unveiled her deepest, darkest, most private secret; she was bulimic. I was unfamiliar with the disorder at the time, but when she told me of her 7 year struggle with anorexia and bulimia, I had to know more, to understand the what, why, and how. The first article I found on eating disorders was in a glossy covered periodical, Parents' Magazine. It b

Anorexia Nervosa is a form of under nutrition caused by nervous and/or psychological factors. Typically, it is an eating disorder of adolescent girls, but occasionally it occurs in older females, younger children and males. Anorexia Nervosa patients are pre-occupied with food. They collect and read books and magazine articles relating to food, dieting and body weight. They have a better knowledge of nutrition than the general public. People with Anorexia Nervosa are determined to control the a

Eating Disorders have become a serious issue in the past twenty-five years. Many people have been diagnosed for having an eating disorder. More teens out of any other age group suffer from it. Sports, peer-pressure, and low self-esteem can cause teens to be driven to eating disorders. Anorexia and Bulimia are the two main types of eating disorders. Anorexia is the self-starving behavior that can lead to severe health problems and even death. Bulimia is when a binge/purge cycle is used

Eating Disorders What do you think when you hear eating disorders? You think only girls right?, wrong both males and females suffer from eating disorders. Between 10 - 20 percent of anorexia and bulimia survivors are male. But did you actually know that eight million Americans suffer from anorexia and bulimia. Of this eight million 85 percent of them are girls between the ages of thirteen and twenty. If this really surprises you , then just listen to this.. About 40 percent of nine and ten ye

Eating disorders are not severe diets; they are illnesses with severe health risks. There are three different types of eating disorders that include, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. Each of these has very different qualities of poor health and very unusual habits. Denial is one of the main elements in these illnesses. It is hard for an individual to differentiate between healthy weight loss and an out of control problem. Friends and family members should watch for w

Eating Disorders: Their Dark Sides "Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder on an overwhelming dread of becoming fat. The result of this unfounded fear is self-starvation and major weight loss. In addition, the undernourishment may cause hormonal disturbances, anemia, heart problems, brittle bones and many other problems, some of which are life-threatening ("Anorexia Nervosa," 1). Bulimia is an eating disorder that is psychological in origin and can have dire physical consequences. Wh

Cause of Eating Disorders In America, today we often hear of people who suffer from illness such as cancer, aids etc. what we often don’t hear about is the illness that effects a lot of people each year that being eating disorders. Whenever I hear about eating disorders it remains me of one of my cousin who had suffered from anorexia. It all started when her family and acquaintances started to say that she was fat and chubby. In her family everyone is very slim and tall so her br

Eating Disorders: The Killer Within How a person perceives their body is influenced by what it looks like to them and what it looks like to others. Our society teaches us through media and social pressure that body image is important. Feeling attractive is an important part of self worth and for many, feeling attractive means matching a certain ideal appearance. Most of us will never be able to look like this ideal, but the message we get is that we risk social failure if we do not t

A bulimic's or anorexic's I-function may also be positively affected by drugs which can change its neuro-chemical environment. In this chemical fashion relief may be found for affected individuals. Numerous hormones, cortisol, orexin A, orexin B, luteinizing hormone, luteinizing-hormone-releasing factor, and follicle-stimulating hormone, have been linked to these eating disorders. These hormones are all present in healthy people, while in those affected with an eating disorder the levels or di

Anorexia Nervosa, in medicine, a condition characterized by intense fear of gaining weight or becoming obese, as well as a distorted body image, leading to an excessive weight loss from restricting food intake and excessive exercise. Anorexia nervosa is not associated with any preexisting physical illness. It is found chiefly in adolescents, especially young women. Between 5 and 18 percent of known anorexia nervosa victims die of starvation, and the condition may also lead to abnormal

Anorexia nervosa Anorexia nervosa can be defined as self-starvation leading to a body weight 15% normal. This disease is also accompanied with hyperactivity, hypothermia, and amenorrhea. Hypothermia is when the body's natural insulation, fat, is no longer there and the victim is always cold. Amenorrehea is when a woman misses at least three menstrual cycles, also due to the loss of excess fat. There are 7 million women aged 15 to 35 suffering with an eating disorder. Many of these

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder afflicts a number of vietnam veterans who suffered extremely traumatic, and often consistent, experiences in the vietnam war. Many who do not understand the disorder at all view PTSD(post traumatic stress disorder) as an elaborate diagnosis for a vague set of symptoms that would otherwise be associated with other psycological problems. PTSD wasn't a recognized disorder after the Vietnam war until 1980, when it was included in the American Psychiatric Ass

What does it mean to be physically fit? Does it mean you can throw a football like John Elway, or hit a baseball like Sammy Sosa? Does it mean you can run a mile in one hundred degree weather under twelve minutes, or swim fifteen laps across a pool in one minute? Is physical fitness being anorexic or being on steroids. That’s what the media makes it look like. The average female super model is up to fifty pounds underweight. Sixty-two percent of football players take some form of mu

Everybody knows at least on person with a difficulty of staying still, sustaining attention or inconvenient impulses. For some people the problem is so serious that it is regarded as a psychiatric disorder. Formally known as hyperkinesis, hyperactivity, minimal brain damage and minimal brain dysfunction, Attention Deficit disorder received its present name in the late 70s, and was again restored in 1994 edition of DSM IV. ADD is the most commonly diagnosed childhood psychiatric condition wi

Anorexia Anorexia is described in two ways, American and European. The American description is the refusal of food and the refusal to maintain the normal body weight for your height and age group. The European description for Anorexia is a disorder that most commonly occurs in girls in their younger years and it is determined by deliberate weight loss that also can be sustained or induced by the patient. They say that anorexia is technically a mental disorder but can lead to serious ph

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fattest one of all?” Fairy tales are not real, so is the image you see in the mirror. Thousands of people look in the mirror and hate what they see. When you look in the mirror, you see what eating disorder wants you to see, not the true picture. Despite the fact that many people think of an eating disorder as being an unhealthy quest for a perfect body, eating disorders are not about vanity and not really about weight. The caus

Recent studies show that 3% of women develop anorexia, and 8% of women develop bulimic syndromes at some point in their life. Each year 1,000 women die from anorexia, while 5 million women suffer from some type of eating disorder. Also, the results of a current research show that 92% of young women and 44% of middle age women have dieted to lose weight at least once. Although, not all of these statistics seem to be extremely risky, they are still high enough to be concerned about. One of the m

Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), which is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), is a Dissociative Disorder. This disorder is when a person has two or more distinct personalities that often control the person s behavior. This disorder has many controversies because of the fact that it is not scientifically proven. One personality is usually restrained and rather dull while another one maybe very outgoin

Introduction BULIMIA NERVOSA Bulimia (oxlike hunger) can be more difficult to detect than anorexia because many girls and women with this disorder maintain a normal body weight. They consume large amounts of food, sometimes up to 5,000 calories worth, then purge themselves of the excess calories. Some do so by inducing vomiting, abusing laxatives or diuretics, taking enemas, fasting or exercising obsessively. The condition tends to become most serious in late adolescence, but

Many people in America try to do something very dangerous, they try to obtain the impossible thin image that s in every magazine, in every store, all around them in society. Bulimia was first introduced as far back as the Ancient Greek, who in order to eat enormous amounts of food at their orgies, they would vomit as they ate, to make more room for food. Now at the present time, bulimia has taken on a new purpose. Due to a bad perceived image, many people turn to bulimia because they

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common disorder in school age children. It is a disorder that is commonly over diagnosed to children and is often confused with “normal child behavior.” At a young age, children are often very active, impulsive, and there attention span is minimal, but this is often mistaken for ADHD. There are many signs to look for, and many ways in dealing with a child with ADHD. If this disorder is not detected and treated early, it can

It seems today that eating disorders are on the rise. While this may be true, the numbers may appear to grow only because more cases are being brought out into the open. The purpose of this paper is to discuss eating disorders and prove the these disease, specifically Anorexia Nervosa, continue to plague of women due to psychological and environmental factors along with pressure from the media. The term “Anorexia Nervosa” is misleading. It means “loss of appetite du

Did you know that 90% of women dislike the way they look? And it’s all because of the media and their emphasis on the “ideal” figure of a woman. Supermodels like Kate Moss and other Barbie-doll-figure-inspired women grace the cover of magazines all over the world promoting a “perfect” shape. Girls of all ages think that this is what people want to see. They think that this is what they should look like and try to set impossible goals for themselves to look like covergirls. A

Did you know that 90% of women dislike the way they look? And it s all because of the media and their emphasis on the ideal figure of a woman. Super models like Kate Moss and other Barbie-doll-figure-inspired women grace the cover of magazines all over the world promoting a perfect shape. Girls of all ages think that this is what people want to see. They think that this is what they should look like and try to set impossible goals for themselves to look like

Eat to live don t live to eat (or not to). This is very hard for a person with an eating disorder to understand since food is their tool for handling the stress and anxiety in their lives. Eating disorders affect millions of Americans each year (Eating Disorders 1). The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Compulsive Overeating. These disorders are serious, and, when taken to extremes, can be life threatening as well. All eating disorders arise from a

Anti-Social Disorder Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by overwhelming anxiety, and excessive self-consciousness in everyday situations. People with social phobia have a persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others. They are always afraid of being embarrassed or humiliated by their actions, this in turn can have a severe effect on work, school, or any other ordinary activity. Common symptoms that accompany social phobia are; blushing, sweating,

Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia Nervosa is a mental illness in which a person has an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of their weight and body shape. People with this illness believe themselves to be fat even when their weight is so low that their health is in danger (Encarta). Eating disorders, such as Anorexia, are a major issue in society today due to society s stereotypical view of women and young teenage girls, in, but many cases men are affected too. Anorexia Nerv

Trichotillomania Trichotillomania is classified as an impulse control disorder. This disorder causes people to pull out their hair or eyebrows in order to satisfy urges that are irresistible. A sense of tension usually accompanies the urge to pull out the hair and relief once the hair has been pulled. The exact cause of trichotillomania is unknown. Stressful situations are believed as a cause of some of these cases. Trichotillomania is a subcategory of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Cyber Disorders Left out of the DSM-IV The Cyber Disorders section includes disorders that have a dependency upon cyberexistance as the predominant feature. The section is divided into three parts. The first part describes e-mail episodes that serve as the building blocks for the disorder diagnoses. The second part describes the Cyber Disorders themselves. The criteria sets for most of the Cyber Disorders require the presence or absence of the e-mail episodes described in the f

I Depression 1 Each year, more than 19 million Americans over the age of 18 experience a depressive illness. 2 Three major types · Seasonal Affective Disorder · Bipolar Disorder · Postpartum Depression II Seasonal Affective Disorder 1 Occurs in Fall and early spring Varies in location · 10% Northern New England states · 5% Baltimore/Washington area · 2% Southern California or Florida 2 Characterized by series of symptoms · Change in appetite or weight · Sleep prob

“Jessica! Time for supper!” I yelled upstairs. Jessica wouldn’t come down. Finally, after ten minutes, she came and sat at the table in front of her food. No matter how hard I tried, she wouldn’t eat anything. After a while I got the courage to ask her why she wouldn’t eat her supper. She responded, “I am too fat.” I was shocked to hear this from a fifth-grader who was only ten years old and was closer to being underweight than overweight. She c

Food Disorders Throughout recorded history and even before, mankind has suffered from a variety of illnesses and ailments. Whether it be from viruses, bacterium, or from the person himself, diseases and other disorders continue to take their toll, both physically and mentally. Among these disorders, one might find it unusual to find that even the very act of eating can sometimes be harmful to oneself. Compulsive overeating, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa are disorders that do no

Eating Disorders Everybody eats. We do so both because we need to and because we enjoy it. However, as with all human behavior, there are huge differences between people. Some eat more, some eat less, some put on weight easily, and others do not. And some people go to such extremes that they harm themselves, by eating too much or too little. As a result they may harm their health and come to the attention of doctors. Although it is easier to talk about them as different conditions, individual

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