The Effects of Anorexia on Teens Anorexia nervosa is the scientific name for the infamous psychiatric disorder, Anorexia
. Anorexia is not like any other eating disorder. What many people do not know is that anorexia is, in fact, a psychiatric disorder that leads to an eating disorder. Anorexics have a great fear of gaining weight and they consider themselves fat, despite their very low weights; and this is the reason anorexics suffer from an eating disorder. Anorexics starve themselves in order to feel more in control of life and to relieve tension and anxiety (Wolfe 2006). Sadly, many people think anorexia is not a serious matter; they consider it a lifestyle or merely a diet. It is actually a serious illness that affects a high number of teens. As a matter of fact, a study by the National Women’s Health Information Center concluded that the prevalence rate of anorexia in teenage girls is 1%; in other words, one in every one hundred teenage girls is anorexic. Anorexia has negative emotional effects on teenagers, affects their physical appearance, and can certainly kill them. It can really harm teens emotionally to the extent that many anorexics consider suicide. It is physically and psychologically very dangerous. The effects of anorexia on teens are very intense. There are two techniques anorexics use in order to lose weight. The two types of anorexic behavior are: restriction of food and bulimia. Restriction of food is when a person confines their food intake, causing the person to become very weak and thin. Bulimia, as defined online by the eMedicineHealth website, is when someone binge eats and then intentionally vomits. These two techniques are very harmful. As stated above, anorexia is a psychiatric disorder and like many other psychiatric disorders, the concrete causes of anorexia are not apparent and identified. There are factors that contribute to the onset of anorexia though. According to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, these factors can be genetic, biological, psychological, or sociocultural. The genetic
and some might even last for years. can be a defect in genes that cause a person to consider themselves overweight. and depression are all psychological factors that nearly all teenagers deal with on a daily basis. stress. The fact that many public figures and models are underweight can be another sociocultural factor. This fact is classified under the sociocultural factors. a famous American singer and a
. and if very intense. thin women are positively portrayed. Anxiety. as stated above. despite their true weight. this philosophy seems like it will continue to exist.factors. She also believes that for the past few decades. then your chance of onset of anorexia might increase. sociocultural factors explain why 90-95% of all anorexics are females and 40% of all anorexics are females between the ages of fifteen and nineteen (Tiemeyer 2007). some can be overcome in days. there has been an American philosophy of “trim and slim”. Sociocultural factors are. because the media makes their bodies look “perfect” to the people. That is because overweight women are generally negatively portrayed by the media and. these factors can be lethal. for instance. but of course these factors have different degrees of intensity. the most affective of all the four categories. These public figures are unknowingly becoming harmful role models to their fans. some in weeks. whereas heaviness is negatively advertised. The psychological factors also have a great impact on the onset of anorexia. because it is only getting worse by time. American culture and the media are major causes of anorexia. People are so greatly affected by the environment around them and nowadays. According to Adena Young. Slimness is positively advertised by the media. Karen Carpenter. if there is a notorious family history of an eating disorder. In addition. tension. in my opinion. It can also have ties with the family pedigree. overweight people are not accepted to the community as much as thin people are. This can be a reason why anorexics seek a thin body. Sadly. where it is attractive to be skinny and where dieting supplements and weight loss programs are being overly advertised.
anorexics often have difficulties in food related activities. They also agreed that parenting style is related to anorexia. The concrete cause of her illness. one might ask why spend so much time planning? They do so because they fear people might find out about their illness. trying very hard to make it as low as possible. That is when parents set high standards of achievement or when they try to apply too much control over their children. still remains behind closed doors. their effects are certainly not. Although the causes of anorexia are a mystery. Secondly. anorexics often spend a great deal of their time planning what they eat and how to avoid food. They become obsessed over the amount of food they intake. They might end up spending more time planning what to eat than eating the food. anorexics frequently suffer from depression because they are disheartened by the haunting thought that they are overweight and also because their behaviors affect their social relationships.victim of the philosophy of “trim and slim”. The depression anorexics suffer from can be very severe. though. In parties. 1983.
. Doctors and scientists. They try as hard as possible to conceal their illness. this makes them feel left out and lonely. These emotional effects can cause the teenager to be socially disbanded. among others. these effects are emotional and physical. for example. As I have previously mentioned. She died of a cardiac arrest which was a consequence of her anorexic behavior. they avoid eating even if everybody there is eating. Anorexia can damage a teenager emotionally. They make sure they do not exceed a certain calorie limit or carbohydrate limit. were investigating the cause of this psychiatric illness. this affects their academics and their social life in general. They agreed that the major cause was the American culture and media. as mentioned above. The TeensHealth website from Nemours states that like other people who suffer from eating disorders. died on February 4. Well. In addition.
This greatly disturbs them and can cause mental unrest. They either binge then vomit. it greatly affects their physical appearance. An anonymous writer talking about her anorexic behavior said that she “hated [her]self” in spite of the fact that she was highly successful in high school. It causes chronic indigestion and
. anorexics are excessively underweight. she was not comfortable with her appearance. she was a straight A student and a very popular one too. for example. had her weight drop to 72 pounds during the climax of her illness! Anorexics also suffer from dry skin. They can be happy one minute and sad the other for no apparent reason. colon. First and foremost. She was not overweight. Seizures. Holly. which can cause them to adopt other serious life-threatening diseases as in Karen Carpenter who died of cardiac arrest. and heart. This deceptive behavior is the result of fear of disapproval of others. Probably the most significant emotional effect is low self-esteem. thinning hair. anorexics have many mood swings. In other words. are a product of anorexic behavior. as commonly known. She hated herself because she was not happy in her body. “as a result [she] had low self-esteem”. bloated or upset stomach. a 15-year-old anorexic high school student who posted her personal story on the Caringonline Eating Disorder website. As a result of the mental unrest. and high sensitivity to the cold due to malnutrition. In addition to the emotional effect anorexia has on teens. Deceptive behaviors can also mean that they throw away food or hide it in order to make people believe they ate the food. They are always worried and anxious because they fear that their illness might become known. Anorexic behavior harms and damages crucial organs like the kidneys.Plus the effects above. or they restrict from eating. but she believed she was. approximately 15% under normal weight. it sums up all the other effects. anorexics have deceptive behaviors relating to food. Anorexics have low blood pressures and abnormal heart rhythms. as stated above.
but this tube got infected and it was removed. She is an example of an anorexic that died of a medical complication. The medical complications suffered as a result of this frightful behavior are very fatal. along with the mental and emotional harms anorexia has to offer for its victims. A 2003 Harvard University study stated that anorexics are. Irina Webster is the director of Women Health Issues Program. A study by SADD in 2003 declares that a young woman with anorexia is twelve times more likely to die than a woman her age without anorexia. She says this woman had to go the hospital because of her complications and organ failures. This woman had many medical problems including backaches. Another study showed that
. All the effects brought up above are the reason why the upcoming statement is true. It also causes dehydration. not of suicide. causing to have a likelier tendency toward suicide. by nature of their illness. it dramatically affects them medically. muscle soreness. so she put together a story about an imaginary anorexic by gathering real life examples she had seen. which can be fatal at times. though.digestion complications like diarrhea and constipation. We have previously heard the story of Karen Carpenter. The mortality rate is so high because. This woman’s medical problems and eating disorder hindered her from completing her studies. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder (Kingsbury 2008). Dr. The program covers different areas of women health. chest pains. muscle aches. She is frequently exposed to anorexics. and dizziness. She also complained about lack of sleep. Thankfully. This story portrays the suffering an anorexic has to go through. these physical effects are reversible if the sufferer takes action early and discontinues the dreadful anorexic behaviors. This woman had a tube put through her stomach to feed her. and breathing difficulties. headaches. selfdestructive.
This is a clear-cut example of the mental disturbances anorexics go through. Fortunately.html>. these effects can be reversed and an anorexic can be treated and cured.Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
"Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa. The media is by far the most effective way. and can sometimes even kill them. but first we have to prevent the illness. I would like to state that the effects of anorexia nervosa on teens are far more severe than many people think they are.lpch. Since it had the power to make people hate their image. 2009 <http://www. The anorexic mentioned above in Dr." LPCH: Northern California Children's Hospital . just how the media portrayed a bad image of overweight people. Irina’s story had often asked herself. Emaciated bodies are not “perfect” bodies. “why am I still alive?” She also said that she just wanted to die and leave the suffering behind. 4 Apr. Most importantly. In conclusion. It should also send the message that being underweight is not the right thing. Advertisements of dieting supplements and weight loss programs should be limited. it should portray an equal image of underweight people.suicide is the main cause of death for anorexics.org/DiseaseHealthInfo/HealthLibrary/adolescent/anorexia. it so rightly has the power to make them feel comfortable in their bodies. it should urge teens to feel good about themselves and stop following the wrong people. Anorexia demoralizes its victims emotionally and physically. Also.
. rather than starvation (Kingsbury 2008)! The thoughts of suicide are mainly stemmed from the mental unrest and the depression anorexics undergo.
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