The United States is a land of plenty. There are not many people who are starving to death because they have no way to get food. Yet one out of every on hundred women between the ages of ten and twenty are starving. It is not from poverty or because they have no means of getting food. It is simply because they thing they are fat. More than half of teenaged girls in the U.S. are either on diets, or they think they should be on a diet. Some of them go too far and their innocent diet becomes a deadly eating disorder.
There are many different types of eating disorders. The three most common are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. They usually affect young women in their teens and twenties, but in some rare cases women have been as young as six, and as old as seventy-six.
A common assumption about people with eating disorders is that they have a problem with food. That is not true. Eating disorders are just symptoms of underlying problems.
Anorexia nervosa is one of the most deadly eating disorders. Anorexia occurs when a person diets excessively and loses a tremendous amount of weight. Anorexics avoid food and keep a count on their calorie intake. No matter what size they are, they still think that they are fat. Most times anorexics can have a body weight as low as eighty pounds and still feel fat. An anorexic who is dying may still point out parts of her body that she feels could be thinner.
Anorexics are typically perfectionists. They are usually high achievers in school, but at the same time suffer from low self-esteem. They stubbornly believe that they are fat, regardless of how thin they may become. Anorexics generally feel...