Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders


The media are inducing eating disorders by exhibiting pictures of 'stick´ like models.

Personal Reasons for Research

My own personal reason for choosing to research and find out about eating disorder is my ex-girlfriend suffered from bulimia, and I witnessed first hand how badly it affects the sufferer, and their loved ones.

I would like to use this opportunity to find out how to help people who suffer, and to learn more about the diseases, so that if I ever encounter somebody who suffers, then I´ll be able to help them more.

I am also interested in the main reasons for why people develop eating disorders; because they feel that they´re 'fat´? Depression? Stress? or maybe a combination of different things.

Anorexia Nervosa

People suffering from anorexia nervosa think about what they eat and how many calories are in their food all the time. They hardly ever eat carbohydrate or fat in their diet, and attempt to skip meals.

They are afraid that if they eat normally they will become 'fat´ and/or that people will laugh or tease them. This fear leads them to want to be less than what to others is a normal weight. They are tremendously afraid of not being loved and not having the approval of others. At the same time as doing this they may build a barrier between themselves and others that care for them to avoid letting others get emotionally close to them.

People who suffer from anorexia nervosa try very hard to count the calories they take in, making sure they only consume small amounts. They may over exercise, often getting up early in the morning or hiding away, doing exercises, running, swimming etc. They may also push themselves ever harder in order to lose weight and punish their...