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It would seem today that eating disorders are on the rise While this may be true the numbers may appear to grow only because more cases are being brought out into the open One interpretation of an eating disorder is termed as a relationship between the person and food that appears abnormal Anorexia Nervosa is one of the most prevalent eating disorder diseases The word Anorexia itself means lack of appetite and as for the definition of Anorexia Anorexia is an all encompassing pursuit of thinness occurring most often in adolescents and young adult women This is accomplished by avoidance of eating by any means possible The person affected by Anorexia has an absolutely terrifying fear of becoming obese In short food becomes the enemy this is described as weight phobia The person feels too fat when in reality the person is terribly underweight Anorexia affects all kinds of people especially teenagers and is the third most common chronic illness that can be found in adolescent women An estimated amount of between and 3 of teenagers will be diagnosed with Anorexia This may not sound like very many people but numbers have increased between the 1950s and mid 1970s the incidences of Anorexia increased by almost 300 Of all the patients that visit doctors for Anorexia about 90 are women Anorexia though does not plague only women This disorder is not exclusive to one gender Since this problem does not only include women men are also referred to as being caught in the trap of Anorexia The percentage of males diagnosed with the disorder have grown to 10 and of children dealing with Anorexia 25 are boys The mean onset age of Anorexia in males is between the ages of 17 and 24 Men are actually more likely to hide an eating disorder and it may be in an advanced stage before a diagnosis has been made Anorexia in males may not be as
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