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A Struggle To Eat Essay

810 words - 4 pages

The National Association of Anorexia has recently released news that 91% of Anorexia patients began their disorder purely because of crude words said to them from someone the deeply care about. Why would anyone care so much as to what someone thinks to hurt oneself? Or maybe, the bigger question is, how far is too far to feel accepted by society?
21 year-old Holly Griffith shares her story of struggle with Anorexia, the loss of her child through the disorder, and the road to recovery. “When I first found out I was pregnant, I was terrified of having to gain weight again. I was so scared, so I didn’t. My baby did not make it out alive and that is something I will never forgive myself for.” Griffith also shared with Dailey Telegraph, Sydney, “I knew I had to eat for the baby. It was just so hard to push out all the voices in my head saying I was fat.” This issue of self-worth that is shown in the excerpt above is not only troubling Ms. Griffith, but people all across the globe. Women and men feel as if it is necessary to impress every single person that they meet. If one person is not satisfied, they counteract with attempting to turn themselves into what they believe is the ideal person. In ‘Wasted: A memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia’ the novels main character, as well as author, Marya Hornbacher begins her disorder at the young age of 9. Why would a 9 year old feel the need to change themselves to fit society’s standards? “’I’m not going to let you go,’ she would say, ‘ I’ll let you go as soon as you’re thin, everything will be better when you are thin, I swear it will. Everything will be okay when you’re thin.’” (Hornbacher, 10) Anorexia gets into the mind of these young people and makes them believe that they are not beautiful, nor skinny. These feelings come together and make these people believe they need to change in order to fit the social height set by society. Is it too far to give your baby’s life, or your childhood, so you may feel accepted?
Not only women have eating disorders. For every 4 girls with an eating disorder, there is 1 male. Matt Stokes releases his testimony with, The Times, UK. “Men are less likely to seek help because...

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