Anorexia is a psychological eating disorder that is shown through extremely low body fat. I chose to further research about this topic, because anorexia is affecting as many as 1 in 100 females, and this issue is commonly based off of society’s ideal body types. A person with anorexia would usually define their self worth using their body image and physical appearance. People with anorexia also preoccupy themselves with being skinny. So much so, that if they are the ideal weight for their age and height, they’d still think of themselves as overweight. I think that this is an important subject to further discuss, because even though anorexia is a life-threatening eating disorder, it’s mindset of being underweight solely for their body image can be easily perpetuated by the current media and one’s environment. Not only does this issue affect teenager’s self-esteem, but anorexia can further lead to damaged organs, drop in blood pressure, pulse and breathing rates, death from starvation, irregular heartbeat, and more. Someone usually gets anorexia at the age 14 or so, and 9 of 10 people who have anorexia are girls. Anorexia is an, unfortunately, common issue within teenage girls, which is why I would like to further inform people about it.
I used to think that anorexia is simply just a sickness in which someone wasn’t eating enough. Which I think is a common misunderstanding, because in actuality, anorexia is much more than that. Anorexia can be linked to perfectionism, and owning a distorted body image. Another misunderstanding is that anyone who is skinny has anorexia. This is a misunderstanding, because being anorexic means owning a thinking pattern or psychological idea in which they are always over weight, when they are not. Anorexia can be caused by biological and environmental factors. I learnt that one of the biggest causes of anorexia is the reinforcement of having skinny being the ideal body type. A person suffering with anorexia may be depressed, anxious, moody, etc. Some solutions to anorexia is psychological therapy and supervised weight gain. This learning has helped me become more open-minded and sensitive towards people not being able to accept their body image, and I will now encourage them to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.
This picture portrays the thinking of someone suffering from anorexia.