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In todays society we often hear of people who suffer daily from illnesses such as cancer AIDS obsessive-compulsive disorder phobias tuberculosis downs syndrome and many other types of illness both communicable and non-communicable What about the illness that consumes the life of over eight million Americans 90 being women Anorexia nervosa in medicine a condition characterized by intense fear of gaining weight or becoming obese as well as a distorted body image leading to an excessive weight loss from restricting food intake and excessive exercise Anorexia nervosa is not associated with any preexisting physical illness It is found chiefly in adolescents especially young women 1 Anorexia nervosa according to psychologists is a mental disorder psychological and behavioral syndromes that deviate significantly from those typical of human beings enjoying good mental health In general a mental disorder involves present distress or impairment in important areas of functions2 The illness is brought on by many elements mainly negative feelings towards ones appearance low self-esteem depression the need and want to compete in a sport and be number one and the need to strive for perfectionWomen today are greatly affected by the need to look perfect What woman doesnt want to look like Cindy Crawford Christy Turlington Brooke Shields or Naiomi Campbell just to name a few According to a recent survey in GLAMOUR magazine not many The survey shows that out of 33000 females who participated 85 were not happy with their body and overall appearance Women of our generation suffer from the impacts of having a poor body image and would go to any lengths to get the look of the latest cover girl model The results of this trend although good for the distributors of diet pills fad foods and the so-called miracle drinks are destroying the young women of America What may start out to be a simple diet can quickly turn into a deadly illness A dieter who starts by skipping a
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