Anorexia Nervosa

Just as big of a problem as obesity...

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that has spread more and more as time passes by. People with this disorder believe that they HAVE to be thin in order to be pretty and to be accepted by others. This disorder begins with people eating a lot and then they slowly begin to stop eating until at the end they don't eat at all. This can lead to even more serious medical problems, such as, heart diseases. As it states in the article, "Being too Thin has Consequences", even if people believe that you have to be skinny in order to be pretty, "Being too thin can be lethal.".

Symptoms

The symptoms of anorexia vary on the type of person that has this disorder. The symptoms may either be very serious or just a bit. Most people with anorexia are extremely thin and low blood pressure. They may also have yellowish skin and their teeth enamel can be damaged due to the vomiting. Girls with this disorder can fail to menstruate monthly. They also have a fear of gaining weight and can't accept themselves in front of a mirror.

The Impact of Society on People with Insecurities

Social media, models, TV shows, all of these things are part of the society that encourage teenage girls to be insecure of themselves, which leads to eating disorders such as Anorexia. Other things such as, pro-ana websites are also a huge reason of why girls want to be thin and they end up having this disorder without realizing it. As it states in the article, "Hundreds of Websites Urging Girls to 'Starve for Perfection'", all of these resources,"...encourage 'Starving for perfection' featuring pictures of celebrities...and advocate 'thinspiration' backed by images of thin bodies.". Since they see that these websites encourage the acceptance of girls performing methods such as not eating in order to be skinny, then they believe that they will also be able to do these things without any consequences. But, they don't know that this could lead to death.

Treatment

Just like any other disease, this disorder can be treated and controlled. Depending on how bad the disorder is ,then the patient could be hospitalized or they could just simply go to the doctor and then head home if it is not so serious. If a patient is hospitalized, the treatment they receive is that they are fed daily and on a regular basis. They also receive counseling. If however, the problem isn't so serious then the patient simply goes to the doctor to receive treatment, then after they spent some time there, they are allowed to go home. The treatment they receive at the doctor's office is counseling. This counseling could either be individual or a family therapy.

How YOU Can Help

In order for the people with this disorder to be able to overcome it, they need help. If you notice any symptoms in a person that make you think they have anorexia, you should right away talk to them. They won't accept right away, but you can slowly gain their trust. Once you do you should convince them of getting counseling. If you are a family member of the person, you should consider taking counseling with them.

Works Cited

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