what is anorexia nervosa ?
Anorexia nervosa is a serious, potential life threatening eating disorder causing people to obsess about their weight and what they eat. The disorder is characterized by a distorted body image. They will try to be below - normal body weight. The anorexics who do have this disorder may either starve themselves , exercise way to much or both.
Anorexia nervosa leads to severe calorie limitation which has serious physical effects. When your body doesn’t get the fuel it needs to function normally, it goes into starvation mode and slows down to conserve energy. Some physical effects are lack of energy , weakness, tooth decay , dizziness, poor memory , yellowish dry skin , headaches and more . There is also mental effects like distorted body image, low self esteem , clinical depression and mood swings .
Who and Why ? Affects -
In the united states alone 24 million suffer with this disorder. Anorexia nervosa affects 80 -95 % of women and 10 -15 % are men .The age most anorexics are is 12 -24 . Athletes also struggle with this disorder especially if they participate in aesthetic sports or an elite athlete . It doesn't just affect the person struggling with anorexia, it affects families . Most families blame themselves to see their ( sibling, kids, parents etc.) slowly starving themselves to death . Even though it hasn't been scientificly proven some think its has some genes involved too . Why ? In todays society we are pressured to be 'perfect' with makeup, the perfect clothes hair, and body .Then to top that we compare ourselves to others especially magazines and models, actors, actresses , and people in general .
why should there be a memorial ?
There should be a memorial to aware people that this happens in front of there eyes everyday and we don't do anything about it . We judge others way to much and we judge ourselves even more . People need to know that how ''fat , ugly and unperfect '' they think they are. That is a big lie . They are perfect in there own little ways . They're strong and smart enough to know that because they together can fight any battle they may have .
Memorial location -
This memorial should be located in Runyon Canyon park in Hollywood/ Los Angeles area . I would but this here in honor off the fallen angels that have died from anorexia. I thought it would be a good idea since Hollywood is known for its entertainment and with entertainment comes expectations of being the perfect person . Then since its practically in Los Angeles it is a Spanish word meaning angels.
my hopes for this memorial and its purpose -
My hopes is that the mortality rates go down and isn't the leading death rate for teens and adolescents. I also hope that the rate of the people that struggle with anorexia goes down too . No one needs to suffer from anorexia nervosa. The purpose of this memorial will be to show everyone that this is a serious problem in this world and to boost up a couple peoples confidence. I hope they'll leave the memorial knowing that they are beautiful just the way they are .