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Bizarre devastating and baffling are three words that describe the anorexia nervosa disease By definition anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a normal-weight person diets and becomes significantly underweight yet still feeling fat continue to starve themselves The term anorexia nervosa literally means nervous lose of appetite People with the disorder are suppressing a strong desire to eat because they are afraid of becoming fat Anorexia is characterized by extreme starvation that leads to a disastrous loss of weight Anorexia nervosa affects a large number of people today in the world and does not discriminate against anybody Its victims can be overweight thin young old or either sex although its primary victims are young girls between the age of thirteen and nineteen This disorder has become more and more common around the world today It has populated many college campuses and it is spreading Recent studies show that almost 20 of college women suffer from anorexia or bulimia bulimia is a eating disorder similar to anorexia and the statistic increases to about 50 when so called fad bulimics and anorexics are included This disease takes ordinary often very beautiful people and drives them to starvation for no apparent reason whatsoever They do not even seem to realize the extreme danger that comes with not eating a balanced diet These young people lose so much weight that it makes them extremely fragile and sometimes causes death Death was very near to a girl named Patti who suffered through anorexia for more than two years She ate nothing but two cream-filled cookies a day for more than seven weeks The first cookie was breakfast and lunch and the second was for her main meal When she decided that these two cookies had too much fat in them she proceeded to scrape off the cream filling from both of the cookies to decrease her fat intake But still that was too much fat so she
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