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ANOREXIA Anorexia nervosa is a disease that one percent of female adolescents in the United States have Though most people that have anorexia are young women between ten and twenty years old older and younger people have this disease and a few men have this disease but it is not as common Ten percent of people with anorexia are men the other ninety percent are women Anorexia is a serious eating disorder in which a person refuses to eat enough food to maintain a minimum normal body weight This person weighs eighty-five percent or less than the average weight of a person that age and height The anorexic person denies that low weight can be dangerous He or she is terrified of being or getting fat even though they are very underweight and is always thinks they are fat The main cause of anorexia is the pressures from society to be thin They see models and actresses that are really skinny and think that they need to be that skinny to be happy Also they see their friends that are really thin and they want to be like that person Also little girls play with their Barbies and see how skinny they are and think that is what they should look like when they grow up so they start with the diets when they are really young As they grow older they eat less and less when they need to be eating more and more Another cause of anorexia is being too concerned with pleasing others Anorexics want impress their friends and everybody else around them like the other people in their school Also anorexics have low self-esteem they dont think they are good enough as they are so they think they will be better if they were skinnier The main symptom of anorexia is extreme loss of weight They may weigh 85 or less than what is normal for their age and
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