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In todays society body image is a term that many people are familiar with In fact people may be so familiar that they may go to such lengths to attain the body image they have in mind as perfect Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or picture yourself in your mind With so many celebrities and the amount of television watched and magazines read people get hypnotized by the body images they see making them believe that they need to be like these celebrities Little do they know that this may turn out in harm rather than help for their body It can result in eating disorders When most people hear of someone with an eating disorder they almost automatically assume the person has a problem with food Eating disorders are not a sign that a person has a problem with food rather eating disorders are actually only the symptoms of basic problems in that persons life With proper treatment people can fully recover Eating disorders are perhaps one of the most mystifying and devastating of illnesses It is a very big problem worldwide They can be diagnosed in people of all ages from infants to grandparents Some common eating disorders are known as Anorexia Bulimia Binge Eating and Obesity These conditions are real complex and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health productivity and relationships One major eating disorder is obesity By far it is affecting the most people in the worst ways Obesity is the state of having abnormal amounts of fat in the body The term is usually not used unless you are 20 to 30 overweight for your age sex and height Crofton 2003 Unfortunately obesity conquers our youth more often than the older population The percentage of children and adolescents who are defined as overweight has more than doubled since the early 1970s Also about 15 percent of children and adolescents
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