Anorexia and bulimia are really complex disorders that stems from much
more than just weight preoccupation. There are usually under lying issues that
need to be resolved. The food is often just how the problem manifests itself
(Levenkron, 164). People will develop eating disorders when they feel they need
control. Controlling the body can seem like the ultimate control to the anorexic
(Robbins, 33). Families with eating disorders often have dependency patterns
that are unhealthy (Robbins, 33). It isn't uncommon for a eating disorder victim to
have suffered from sexual assault, perfectionism, identity conflicts, or trouble
communicating (Robbins, 34). A young girl might become anorexic when she hits
puberty, while trying to keep her body child like. Fear of womanhood, and
maturation are common. The loss of periods and breast often fuel the obsession
Anorexia Nervosa is a eating disorder primarily characterized by a persons
refusal to eat.
To be diagnosed with anorexia a victim will have lost 15% of his or
her body weight. They will refuse to eat enough to adequately nourish their body.
There is usually a distorted body image, so that even when severely underweight,
a person will believe that they are overweight, or normal (Smith, 11-16). A
person with anorexia will sometimes limit their caloric intake to under 300 calories
a day (Levenkron, 6). physical symptoms include slowed digestion, constipation,
coldness, lanugo, ammenohea, weakness, kidney and liver damage, loss of
muscle, infertility, osteoporosis, and irregular heart beats (Smith, 13-14).
Bulimia is when a person eats and then uses some method to get the food
out of there body. Vomiting being the most common. Emetic, laxatives, and
diuretics are methods that are also used (Levenkron, 7). A person with bulimia
will often binge, which is consuming large quantities of food, that are high in...