Essay by poloking April 2004

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Anorexia is also known as anorexia nervosa, in Latin meaning "nervous

want of appetite. Anorexia is a serious illness that effects every one out of

one hundred U.S. woman. It is a psychological problem that has many

physical effects, including death. I found this topic to be very interesting,

since it affects a great amount of people, including a friend of mine. I think

it is an illness that can be easily overlooked if others aren't aware of the

symptoms or of the seriousness of anorexia.

By doing this project, I hope to learn more about this illness, as well as the

causes and effects in-depth, and treatment options. How would I know if a

friend of mine suffered from anorexia? How may I help?

I hope to find many articles and magazines on this issue, perhaps in

women's magazines. I found many websites on the internet pertaining to

anorexia. I also went to a local doctor's office to find pamphlets on this

illness. By doing this project, I hope to give people more knowledge about

anorexia, and researching the full effects of this illness.

People suffering from anorexia nervosa have an intense fear of gaining

weight or becoming fat, even though they are underweight. When they look

in a mirror, they see an obese reflection, instead of their actual thin

appearance staring back at them. People with anorexia starve themselves by

eating far too little food. They may become so undernourished that they have

to be hospitalized. A majority of people with anorexia are white women

from middle to upper class family, ranging in age from 12 to 18 years.

Anorexia is characterized by self-imposed starvation, a loss of 15 percent or

more of the person's original body weight, refusal to maintain the normal

weight for their height...