Eating Disorders

by Jayla Dennis 5th period

Causes of Eating Disorders

The cause are more psychological than physical.

1.) Low self-esteem: a need for control, striving for perfection, and troubled relationships are common characteristics among sufferers of eating disorders.

2.) Media: The media and social expectations can influence one’s sense of self, particularly his or her appearance

3.) Abuse: Research has shown that many people with eating disorders have a history of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.

Anorexia

Anorexia is a lack or loss of appetite for food

Symptoms include:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Thin appearance
  • Abnormal blood counts
  • Fatigue
  • Long term effects: Wrecked heart and bones
  • Characteristics: depressed, not paticipatiting
  • Bulimia

    Symptoms:
  • eating large amounts of food even when you are not hungry
  • eating quickly
  • feeling ill after eating
  • eating alone
  • Long Term effects: Bulimia damages the nerves that signal to your brain
  • Behavioral characteristics: Fear of weight gain
  • Binge Eating

    Symptoms:
  • You eat more quickly than normal during a binge.
  • You eat until you are painfully full.
  • You binge eat when you are not hungry, to reduce stress or to comfort yourself.
  • Long Term effects: Both binge-eating disorder and bulimia involve recurrent episodes of excessive food consumption with experienced loss of control.
  • Behavior Characteristics: Stressed person
  • Sources of Help

    1.) Talk to your parents and friends

    2.) Seek help to your counselor or teacher

    3.) Realize your beauty and eat food in a healthy way