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A normal female takes a stroll down the streets of Manhattan and ends up at Times Square probably one of the most colorful places on earth which also has an abundant number of advertisements As this female looks up at the pictures she can see a Calvin Klein ad The image portrays people who are the idols of our youth young thin beautiful men and women These young people depict the ideal body As this female walks she begins to notice her own physical attributes and wonders what it would take for her to look like that Calvin Klein model Despite the fact that the greatest majority of us could never attain these physiques many especially young women deeply desire to have bodies like these And many will go to great lengths to attain their goal This often means stringent unhealthy diets laxative abuse and even forcing themselves to vomit Although the medias portrayal of the perfect body may not be the soul source of eating disorders they play a big partAnorexia nervosa is a disorder of self-starvation which manifests itself in an extreme aversion to food and can cause psychological endocrine and gynecological problems It almost exclusively affects adolescent white girls with symptoms involving a refusal to eat large weight loss a bizarre preoccupation with food hyperactivity a distorted body image and cessation of menstruation Although the symptoms can be corrected if the patient is treated in time about 10-15 percent of anorexia nervosa patients die usually after losing half their normal body weightAnorexia nervosa patients typically come from white middle to upper-middle class families that place heavy emphasis on high achievement perfection eating patterns and physical appearance There has never been a documented case of anorexia nervosa in a black male or female A newly diagnosed patient often is described by her parents as a model child usually because she is obedient compliant and a good student Although most teenagers experience some feelings
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