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I Imagine a 19 year-old girl lets say her name is Kim Shes 55 about 90 pounds She has blond hair but is bald in some places and its falling out by the handful Kim also has this gross layer of peach fuzz growing all over her face and body and her teeth are a yellowish color from occasionally throwing up after she eats which is probably only a lettuce leaf or a diet coke every day Kims face is sunken in and her body is so emaciated that you can actually see all of the bones protruding Her pulse is weak and she went into kidney failure last week due to malnutrition Currently Kim is in the hospital but no one knows if she will get out This is a portrait of an anorexic II I am here today to inform you about the epidemic of Anorexia Nervosa among females especially young women III The three prevailing factors that influence the development of Anorexia are psychological social and cultural in natureIV Growing up in a household of all women I have seen my family in addition to close friends struggle with body image dieting and self-esteem issues In addition to being the firsthand witness to this struggle for many women my ex-girlfriend had a suffered from Anorexia Nervosa and I have experienced the devastation that it can causeV I am sure that everyone in this room knows a women who thinks shes fat or is always trying to lose weight or feels bad about the way she looks It maybe someone you know whether its your mom sister girlfriend or even classmate-Transition According to the DSM IV this disorder is characterized by a refusal to maintain average body weight an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat and a disturbance in the way in which ones body shape is perceived or a denial of the seriousness of the current low
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