This essay gives you an idea of how anorexic people live.

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Lovejit Singh

Every woman's objective in the world is to be just like the sexy model from T.V. which every guy is attracted to. That is the main cause of many women for being anorectic. Many judgments and conjecture are made about this illness. For a greater understanding of this disease, it must be viewed from an anthropological, psychological and a sociological point of view. It will permit an in detail study of the disease, anorexia.


Anorexia is a mental illness and a physical illness where people who purposely starve themselves because they are obsessed with being thin. Anorexic people are very frightened of gaining weight. Even though they are slim, when they look at themselves through a mirror, they see themselves as a fat person. People with anorexia ignore their hunger and control their desire to eat. Death may occur from starvation or suicide. People with anorexia have low self-esteem and need control of their surroundings and emotions.

(1, 6, 7, 8) Anorexia is a disorder characterized by deliberate attempts to lose weight, usually by voluntary starvation, but also by inducing vomiting, abusing laxatives and exercising (10)

The first place where Anorexia was discovered was in England in the 17th Century, even though it probably existed long before that. (2)

It was identified as an illness by modern medicine just over one hundred years ago by Professor Ernest Lasegue of the University of Paris. (2)

The cause of anorexia is the interaction of the number of factors including social, cultural, biological, psychological and personality factors. (9)


Who does this disease affect?

Anorexia usually occurs in a girls teenage years, often around the age of 16 or 17, but it may also affect older women, young men and children nearing puberty. It is uncommon in women after...