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Could you imagine being so afraid of food and the possibility of gaining weight that you would actually starve yourself Food and eating are pleasures of everyday life we take for granted Having the life of an Anorexic person fills you with the constant fear of one thingbecoming fat Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa are slowly gripping a part of the female adolescent to young adult population Although Anorexia Nervosa has only been public since the 1970s records of the disorder go back as far as 1689 Thomas Morton an English physician studied subjects with a disorder he called the wasting disease He had two cases which were very similar One was an eight-teen yr old girl and the other was a six-teen yr old boy Both subjects had similar symptoms They both had a strong lack of appetite sensitivity to coldness and extreme sadness The girl eventually starved herself to death however the boy did recover Gordon 12-13 Through out the centuries there have been many cases of girls fasting and not due to religious purposes In the 1870s the disorder became a topic of more medical concern It happened around the time two doctors Sir William Gull and Charles Lasegue simultaneously published papers on a number of cases dealing with self-starvation Alexander-Mott Lumsden 101-102 Gull actually came up with the term Anorexia Nervosa because he believed it was a nervous disease Both doctors note four distinctive characteristics with each case All of the patients experienced high levels of hyperactivity Each of the patients denied the existence of the disorder Also they each had peculiar attitudes toward food Finally each patient had pathological family interactions Gordon 13 Years following Gull and Lasegues discoveries research continued on this peculiar disorder Unfortunately for a long period of time Anorexia was confused with Simmonds Disease an endocrine disorder So for awhile Anorexia sufferers were being prescribed the wrong medications such as thyroid extracts Gordon 14
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