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It was fashionable to be fat throughout most of history Obesity was attractive because it was considered to be a sign of wealth Those who could obtain enough food to keep themselves and their family well fed were people with money In the past century however food has been abundant in most of the developed nations and thinness has become fashionable Eating disorders have increased significantly over the past thirty years The two most common eating disorders include anorexia and bulimia nervosa Anorexia nervosa is a disease in which women become very self-conscious about their weight and have an intense fear of becoming fat They go to such extremes as starving themselves in order to keep thin and some use additional methods such as vomiting taking excessive amounts of laxatives or exercising profusely Bulimia nervosa on the other hand is an eating disorder in which the patient eats large amounts of food in a short period of time also known as binge eating Another symptom of bulimia is ridding oneself of food through vomiting using laxatives or over-exercising commonly known as purging Women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia often experience fatigue and decreased energy headaches personality changes and abdominal pain If an eating disorder is left untreated it can lead to serious health damage even death These eating disorders are usually brought on because a girl is unsatisfied with her own body image Oftentimes she feels out of control and restricting her intake of food is one way to regain control The patient has a sense of power over food and this makes her feel more secure about everything else going on in her life Many times girls with low self-esteem are the victims of eating disorders because they often seek approval from their peers By being thinner they believe that they will become more desirable Studies have shown that the majority of women with eating disorders are adolescents What makes a young woman
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