Carina S. – Anorexia Nervosa

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 10.15.52 AMWhat is Anorexia Nervosa? Anorexia Nervosa is a complex eating disorder where you lose and enormous amount of weight. It is when you refuse to maintain a healthy body weight, just because you think that you’re fat. It where people have an intense fear of gaining weight and it causes people to obsess with their weight and the food they eat. People with Anorexia Nervosa attempt to maintain a very unhealthy weight. Anorexia Nervosa is serious and potentially deadly and is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional problems. People with this disorder equate thinness with self-worth. There are two types of Anorexia Nervosa. In the restricting type of Anorexia, weight loss is achieved by restricting calories, following drastic diets, fasting, and exercising to excess. In the purging type of Anorexia, weight loss is achieved by vomiting or using laxatives and diuretics. Laxatives and diuretics are drugs used to lose a huge amount of weight by doing things to your body.

How is this issue relevant to me? Why is it important? I chose to do my Health Buzz on this topic because I have known many anorexics. My friend suffered from this disorder and she couldn’t think straight and she was really depressed. She threw up a lot and fainted many times. I am so thankful that she was able to recover safely because she almost died. I want to take action to help people like her, who suffer their lives thinking that they are fat. Anorexia is very dangerous, it can even kill those who don’t recover in time. This is important because if people don’t know how dangerous Anorexia can be, they might think that it is a great way to lose weight and they might become victims of this disorder.

What are some problems/solutions connected to the issue? Anorexia Nervosa causes many problems. In the United States, somewhere between 1 and 2 of every hundred teens will struggle with Anorexia at some time during their life. 90 percent of all Americans afflicted with an eating disorder are female. An estimated five percent of adolescent girls are currently suffering from Anorexia. 53 percent of American girls report that they are unhappy with their bodies at age thirteen. 78 percent are unhappy with their bodies at age seventeen. Ten percent of teens with Anorexia are male. Around 15 percent of teenage girls have some type of eating disorder or eating disorder related behavior. Around a thousand women die each year from Anorexia. 5 to 20 percent of teens who have Anorexia will die for reasons related to the disorder. Luckily, there are counselors, psychological and health professionals that can help anorexics recover from this disorder.

How does it affect teenagers? Anorexia Nervosa mostly affects teenagers. It is because at this age, bullying occurs and teens can bully others because of their body shape, size and weight. At this age, teens are obsessed with looks and weight and they try to lose weight just to “fit in.” Teenagers are affected by media and magazines and they try to be just like the actresses and models they see and they believe that in order to be perfect, they have to as thin as them. This causes teenagers to equate thinness to self-worth. Teens begin to think that in order to belong and in order for people to like them, they must be thin and perfect like everyone.

What is your final opinion about this issue? Anorexia Nervosa is a very dangerous disease. Although it seems like another way to lose weight, it’s actually so much worse than that. I am shocked at the percentage of teenagers who suffer and die from this eating disorder and I want to help people overcome this disorder. There is no cure to Anorexia but I believe there is still a way to stop it.

How has your thinking changed? I used to think that Anorexia Nervosa wasn’t a disorder and that it was just what you called not eating and losing weight just to become thinner. But my thinking definitely changed and now I know that Anorexia Nervosa, isn’t just anything people do to lose weight, it’s much more serious than that. Anorexia Nervosa is where you refuse to maintain a healthy weight and it is a very dangerous way to cope with emotional problems. You can actually die from Anorexia and it can negatively impact how your body works.

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