Eating disorders are a complex illness that many adolescents have. Numerous people do not see the importance of it. They do not see how many people are actually affected by it. It does not just affect that one person; it affects everyone around them. Eating disorders are caused by stress for many and also cause countless deaths per year. This is an important issue because nobody really seems to care about it, even though it has caused many deaths. Parents are not attentive to their children as they should be. Many people are not aware about eating disorders, so they do not really think about it until something bad happens. Those that support people with this disorder are people that have been through it. They have experienced it and they do not want others to feel the same. Eating disorders are unhealthy for everybody of all ages and can be prevented by increasing awareness and reducing the media’s publication.
Eating disorders are a mental issue that has physical effects. Rodenbough states in the article that “[e]ating disorders are emotional disorders that have psychological, behavioral, social, and physical manifestations, of which body weight is only one.” This means that everything is usually all in there head, an allusion really. There are different types of eating disorders. There is anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is the “inadequate food intake leading to a weight that is clearly too low” (Types & Symptoms…Eating Disorders Association).This simply means that the individual typically skips important meals of the day or eat small servings. These individuals usually say they are not hungry so they can get out of eating too much that would cause ‘weight gain’.
Binge-eating disorder is the “frequent episodes of consuming very large amount of food but without behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting” (Types & Symptoms…Eating Disorders Association). This means that the individual does not have a typical weight goal, but does feel the need to lose weight. They would try to lose weight by trying to make themselves regurgitate the meal they had. Bulimia nervosa is the “frequent episodes of consuming very large amount of food followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting” (Types & Symptoms…Eating Disorders Association). Bulimia nervosa is kind of a mixture between anorexia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Bulimics are set on a ‘no weight gain’ goal, but they are tempted to eat large meals. Having eaten that large meal, bulimics feel guilty, so they go and vomit.
As stated above, eating disorders causes many deaths per year. Anorexia kills more than Alzheimer’s, but the research for Alzheimer’s is a lot more expensive (Rodenbough). Anorexics ‘choose’ to be that way, but Alzheimer’s comes when it wants; it is not up to the individual. “About one of every ten people afflicted by anorexia will die of starvation, cardiac arrest, or another medical...