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Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder on an overwhelming dread of becoming fat The result of this unfounded fear is self-starvation and major weight loss In addition the undernourishment may cause hormonal disturbances anemia heart problems brittle bones and many other problems some of which are life-threatening Anorexia Nervosa 1 Bulimia is an eating disorder that is psychological in origin and can have dire physical consequences While anorexics starve themselves bulimics binge on food and then purge by self-induced vomiting Bulimics also frequently use diet pills laxatives and diuretics to reduce their weight The purging may serve two purposes preventing weight gain and also temporarily relieving depression and other negative feelings Bulimia 1 These eating disorders are a major issue in society today due to societys stereotypical view of women and young teenage girls in but many cases men are affected too First an eating disorder is an illness that affects several of the United States population because society has driven many people to be self-conscience about their appearance For example eight million people in the United States suffer from eating disorders The Secret Language of Eating Disorders 1 Furthermore 3 of all young women suffer from anorexia and 3-4 suffer from bulimia The Secret Language of Eating Disorders 1 This proves that many women and teenage girls are affected because many are afraid of becoming fat and unacceptable to societys view on women in general In addition 1 of boys and young men suffer from eating disorders and their cases are becoming more common The Secret Language of Eating Disorders 1 Also it is a disorder that crosses racial and economical lines those who succumb to compulsive starving or binge eating are males Lang 1 This shows that todays society has also affected mens stereo-typical view of their appearance and weight Thus eating disorders not only affect women they also affect men in which we are seeing more cases of every
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