Anorexia And Bulemia

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Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder involving persistent loss of appetite that endangers an individual's health. It is associated with a distorted image that may be caused by a mental disorder. This disease can be defined as self-starvation leading to the loss of body weight fifteen percent below normal. The exact cause of this disorder is not known but attitudes toward body appearance and family factors play a role in its development. This condition affects females more frequently during their teenage years. It usually starts in the mid-teens and affects one fifteen-year-old girl out of every one hundred and fifty. Anorexia may not be noticed in its early stages because it often begins with the everyday dieting that is so much a part of all teenage life. The dieting and loss of weight continues until the sufferer is well below the normal limit for her age and height.

Risk factors are being Caucasian, having an upper or middle class background, and having a goal oriented family or personality. A few of the symptoms that are shown by anorexic females are excessive loss of weight, under eating, depression, absent menstruation, dry hair/hair loss, and blotchy or yellow skin. The tiny amount of calories that she is taking in may be disguised by the quantities of fruit, vegetables, and salads that she eats. She will also often exercise vigorously or take slimming pills to keep her weight low. Prevention of this disease may not always be possible. A way to avoid this is by encouraging healthy, realistic attitudes toward weight and diet may be helpful. Counseling can also be of help at times. Some other ways you can prevent this are instructing them on the harmful effects of unhealthy weight regulation, developing skills for resisting the diverse cultural...