Anorexia Essay

1473 Words Sep 19th, 2012 6 Pages
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, there are over 24 Million people that suffer from eating disorders. What is an eating disorder though? The simple definition of this disease is that a person exhibits abnormal eating behaviors. There are many different variations to these disorders but they share many of the same characteristics such as: fear of becoming obese, obsession with thinness, food, weight, and even calorie counting. Of the many cases though what is the main cause of this disease? Can it be psychological, an environmental, or a biological factor? In this paper I will explore some of the reasons why people develop eating disorders and how it all factors into a …show more content…
Articles and ads on weight loss are in almost every magazine. Many of these diets are unhealthy because it shows extreme weight loss. As the media puts more and more emphasis on thinness, more people become dissatisfied with their own bodies (Polivy & Herman, 2002). Media is one form of area that causes the problems in this disease. From the shows that are on tv to the celebrities that show off their small physique bodies. Peer pressure from family and friends can highly affect the way people view their own bodies. For a teen that lives in a household that is very controlling, it can cause the teen to develop an eating disorder just to try and have some control of their own life. Also a teen’s place in the family may play a factor. For example, if the teen is the youngest child in the family, they might depend on that role because they have a fear of growing up. Since they have a fear of growing up, they think that if they develop an eating disorder it will make them look younger than they really are. Friends can also push a person into having an eating disorder. If friends constantly tell one of their friends that they are fat then they will start to believe it. One trait that seems to be apparent in people with eating disorders is that they has low self-esteem. Most of the time they feel like they are not good enough, they never do anything right, and that they are constantly scrutinized about their weight

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