Anorexia - Eating disorder Works cited

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We Should Talk More About Eating Disorders, Especially Anorexia.

Imagine walking down the street: cars, stores, and people around you. In one

moment you notice a nice-looking girl with a skinny body, long hair, and nice dress.

Why she is not smiling? Is she worrying abut something? The truth is that she is too busy

to smile; she is counting calories and asking herself: did I eat too much today? Should I

skip that apple? This is what teenagers ask themselves that have anorexia, an eating

disorder where the main characteristics are the restriction of food and the refusal to

maintain a minimal normal body weight. Most anorexics lose weight by restricting their

food intake. To improve the level of information about anorexia in our society, we

should talk more about eating disorders, especially anorexia.

People do not know a lot about anorexia, but it is a very serious problem.

Researchers say that in the "...eating disorders ranked as the nation's third worst health

problem for girls under 18" (Cohen 15). People are dying because their body used all

supplies of vitamins and cannot handle hunger any more, but they are still unhappy, and

they still think that they weigh too much. Anorexia causes physical and psychological


Eating disorders are more common in women: with three women affected for

every two men but it mostly attacks teenage-girls. They are growing up, there body is

changing but they view that as getting fat. "About five million people in the United

States, most of them teenage girls, have anorexia" (Corcos 12). An anorexic can feel

hunger; "People with anorexia typically starve themselves, even though they suffer

terribly from hunger pains" (Hoffman). Their fear is that if they eat a tiny bit or eat the

wrong thing, their hunger will overwhelm...