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Various Eating Disorders - Anorexia nervosa is the unrelenting pursuit of thinness. When a person has anorexia nervosa they weigh 85%, or less than, of what is estimated for their age and height. A person suffering from anorexia nervosa is petrified of becoming fat; they fear gaining weight even though they are distinctly underweight. The dangers of low weight isn’t apparent, or is denied by these people, and they’ll report feeling fat even when they’re exceptionally thin. In addition to this, anorexia nervosa also often consists of withdrawal, depression, irritability, and peculiar behaviors....   [tags: essays research papers] 683 words
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Bulimia Nervosa: Meg's Story - Bulimia Nervosa Bulimia is one of the many eating disorders found among Americas today. People with eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia, spend every day locked inside the mindset that they are fat. Someone with bulimia nervosa eats as much food as they can in one sitting and then purges the food they just consumed. Purging can be many things; for example forced vomiting, the use of laxatives, also over exercising can be a form of purging. People purge to get rid of the excess calories or fat after they consume large amounts of food....   [tags: Eating Disorders] 586 words
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Eating Disorders Affecting Our Image of Beauty; Research Paper - When Looking at a well know published magazine like Vogue, Glamour, and Top Model, they all show beautiful women with extraordinary beauty and amazing sense of style and fashion. But when looking at the models, do they really resemble the average women reading these magazines that the ads and articles are intended for. Women and men are going through great lengths hurting themselves to achieve such figures that the magazines show as beautiful. These people suffer from eating disorders are starving themselves or eating then purging to get rid of the food....   [tags: Psychology ]
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Borderline Personality Disorder and Dependent Personality Disorder - Axis Two: Illnesses “A personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads to distress or impairment” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). There are several different mental illnesses that can branch off from mental disorders. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and dependent personality disorder (DPD) are only two....   [tags: psychiatry, illnesses, behavior]
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Eating Disorders and Ballet - Anorexia Nervosa is Eating the Soul of Young Dancers - Eating Disorders and Ballet - Anorexia Nervosa is Eating the Soul of Young Dancers The applauding audience, the lights, sequins and feathers, the colorful, elaborate tutus, and satin pointe shoes capture the hearts of young girls. Where else can a young girl dream of becoming a princess, a swan, a dancing snowflake or flower, or a sugarplum fairy. Where else can she be a fairy tale character like Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. Where else can she be rescued by her handsome prince and collapse into his arms....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Influence of American Mass Media Ideals on Body Image and Eating Disorders in the U.S - Mass media have an enormous impact on society and how people act, especially in developed countries. How do mass media influence views of body image and the development of eating disorders. People living in countries influenced by Western culture show concern for their appearance or dietary habits daily. This paper will analyze the effect of mass media on the issues of body image and eating disorders in the United States. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-TR (DSM-IV-TR) (2000) eating disorders are characterized by a disturbance in eating behavior, which can be eating too much, eating too little, or simply just eating in an unhealthy way....   [tags: Psychology]
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Eating Disorders Have Multiple Complex Causes; The Media is not to Blame - When the topic of eating disorders (ED), anorexia, bulimia, starving, purging, or any other form of self harm is brought into an everyday conversation, it is simply looked at as nothing out of them norm and is just brushed off as if the topic was concerning what the President had for lunch that day. At first glance, the average person would probably conclude that the main reason eating disorders are so noted in young women today is simply due to the fact that the media puts so much pressure on these women to be “perfect”....   [tags: Psychology]
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We Must Fight Eating Disorders and Low Self-esteem - Some people observe negative images of themselves whilst gazing back in the mirror because of subliminal advertising, mental health, and unconscious habits. The individuals staring back from the mirror at them are not real. Often times society disregards reality that no one possesses the perfect body because everyone is unique. Unfortunately, people who experience body dissatisfaction have a hard time grasping this concept of everyone being unique; consequently, they participate in life threatening problematic solutions to achieve their desired body....   [tags: media and body image]
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Development of Eating Disorders - Much to our perceived attention is the idealised image that most aspire to have. In attempting to achieve such a look involves drastic measures for some and possibly fatal. There is ample of evidence to suggest that such measures revolve around an individual’s eating habits thus leading to unhealthy disordered eating patterns. Eating disorders refer to abnormal eating habits characterised by excessive or insufficient intake of food and develop from a number of interrelated issues. Much of the research into eating disorders has focused particularly on anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and its developmental causes....   [tags: Upward Comparisons] 1210 words
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Media Influence on the Eating Habits of Children and Adolescents - In recent years, obesity rates and eating disorder rates have shot up. How fast these increases are is truly frightening. How is his happening. What is causing this rapid increase. The answer to both of those questions is the media. These increases in obesity rates and eating disorder rates are due to media’s influence on children and adolescents. In fact, in some places media influence is the direct cause of eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, and in others obesity. It is not only causing children to become overweight, but underweight as well....   [tags: Losing Weight, Obesity, Body Image]
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Multiple Personality Disorder in "Identity" - In 2003, Columbia Pictures presented the film Identity. This film is about a man who is accused of murdering multiple people during a night at a motel. There was a wicked storm that flooded the roadways so the travelers could not drive any farther. They stopped at this motel to stay the night. There were a total of eleven people who were going to be staying the night at the motel. As the night went on, one by one, each of the eleven people at the motel are found deceased except for one person named Paris....   [tags: Cinema]
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Co-occurrence of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders - Co-occurrence of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders I. Introduction Considering the growing preoccupation of teenage girls with their weight and their bodies, eating disorders have become even more of a concern. In light of the fact that mortality in anorexia nervosa is among the highest of all psychiatric disorders, it is increasingly important to understand what causes eating disorders and how best to treat them (Herzog et al., 1996). A meaningful area of research to consider when trying to understand eating disorders is comorbidity....   [tags: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa]
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Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels - Eating Disorders are an issue that affects many people in the world today. An eating disorder is an obsession with weight and food that has become so extreme that it jeopardizes a person’s health. (Divine Caroline, 1) Eating disorders affect many individuals worldwide, the majority being female ages twelve to eighteen. (Eating disorder recovery, 4) Eating disorders are considered to be a psychological disease and can originate from outside influences, coping skills, personality traits, genes, culture, metabolism and mental instability....   [tags: Health, Eating Disorders]
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Media: A Strong Influence on Body Image and Disordered Eating - It would be incredibly naive to believe that our American society is not extremely preoccupied with the quest for thinness. Everywhere you go, (i.e. grocery stores, bookstores, fitness centers, theaters) images of both men and women who society has deemed "beautiful" are deliberately posted in order to sell a product, entice an audience, or merely to gain attention. Even in an age where the rates for obesity are increasing at a rapid pace, it seems as though our society still idolizes the chiseled, lean man and the ultra thin woman....   [tags: Health, Diseases] 1926 words
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Childhood Sexual Abuse Impacting the Etiology of Eating Disorders - Childhood Sexual Abuse Impacting the Etiology of Eating Disorders Today's literature estimates that as many as 1 in 3 females and 1 in 7 boys have been the victim of sexual abuse. There are about 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of incest each year in each major city in the United States. It is reported by the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse that in 1993, 2.9 million children were reported to protective services because they were being abused, neglected, or both (Schwartz). 16% of these 2.9 million children had been sexually abused....   [tags: Nutrition Health Psychology Essays]
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Literature Review of "Interventions Used to Help with Emotional Eating" - A common behavior that happens amongst women of middle-age is emotional eating. This occurs when women eat to hide their negative emotions. There are a few disorders that are related to emotional eating, which are important to know about to determine if the participant may have the disorder. That way it would be easier for the behavior to be change because of medicines to help. The first one is Binge-Eating Disorder (BED) where a person consumes an insane amount of food in one sitting. The second one is Night-Eating Syndrome (NES) where the person does not have an appetite during the day but then obsessively eats after 8pm, usually because of insomnia or frustration....   [tags: Literature Review]
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The Relation Between Fashion And Eathing Disorders - Dr. Rachel Adato - Levy declares, “Beautiful is not underweight, beautiful should not be anorexic,” shooting down the fashion industry’s use of anorexic girls to twist the image of what an “average person” looks like. This contorted view of the average person has led to a slew of mental problems, a large part including eating disorders. The mental problems that have occurred have cultivated the need to look a certain way, leading to physical problems, including nerve damage, fractures, pain, and even death....   [tags: Eathing Disorders Essays]
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Media Influence on the Eating Habits of Children and Adolescents - Incidentally, losing weight to fit media’s portrayal of the ideal body is not the only problem that media has brought about. As most people know, obesity is an increasing problem. Unlike eating disorders, obesity is not something that one can be treated for like a disease. It is simply an increase in the body’s weight that is above a normal, healthy body weight. Even though obesity itself is not a disease it can lead to the contraction of diseases and other problems, like high blood pressure. Not only adults are becoming obese, but children as well....   [tags: Losing Weight, Media, Body Image]
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Character Analysis from What's Eating Gilbert Grape - The character I chose to analyze is Bonnie Grape from What's Eating Gilbert Grape, an American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström. Bonnie Grape is a Caucasian woman who is, approximately, in her mid 50’s and lives in a small town of Endora, Iowa with her four children, and has lost her husband seven years ago. Bonnie who is suppose to be the immediate care taker of all of her kids is shown to have abandoned all of her parental duties after her husbands passing and she hasn’t left the house for seven years....   [tags: cognitive therapy, bonnie grape, gilbert hallstrom]
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Good Health: Is It Simply About Eating the Right Things? - There are so many different definition of health making it complicated to have a precise definition for health. It is best described as being able to function physically, mentally and spiritually. Absolute health refers to being whole and requires more than what a person experiences inside and outside of the body. According to Blaxter ‘health can be defined as finding the right balance between supernatural beings, the environment and processes within the body’ (pg.8, 2004). It is also being able accomplish holistically without being restricted in any way....   [tags: Health]
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A Silent Epidemic: Eating Disorders among College Women - A Silent Epidemic: Eating Disorders among College Women For Jennifer Keagan, high school was a thrill. She was one of the most popular girls in school. She was valedictorian, homecoming queen, student body president, an honor roll student, and the list goes on. She always strived for perfection. Life was easy for Jennifer. She always got what she wanted. Unfortunately, this all came to a halt when it was time for her to face an all new reality: college. Jennifer was no longer around her friends and family....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher - Anorexic: this word is an adjective, a label, and to some, a lifestyle. Medically speaking, it is someone who suffers from the deadly and heartbreaking disease, Anorexia Nervosa. This term translates to “nervous loss of appetite”, but anyone who has battled through this sickness is aware how that is anything but true. Eating disorder patients do not, in fact, lose their appetite; there is more to it than that. Many perceive eating disorders as a choice to be thin, a diet, or a cry for attention; they do not see the mental destruction going on inside of the mind....   [tags: eating disorders, anorexia nervosa]
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Substance Misuse Among Women with Eating Disorders - Substance Misuse Among Women with Eating Disorders Research on eating disorders has revealed a greater incidence of substance use and/or misuse in women with eating disorders than in the general population. Most of the research agrees that substance misuse is more common in patients with bulimia nervosa and the binge eating/purging subtype of patients with anorexia than in women with the restricting subtype of anorexia nervosa. Researchers and specialists have proposed a range of theories to account for the strong association between substance misuse and bulimia nervosa....   [tags: Drugs Alcoholism Health Papers]
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Anorexia Nervosa: Body Image and Internalization Issues Among People from Different Ethnic Groups - Description: Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a distorted body image. The individual is severely underweight and thinks they are fat or has a fear of becoming fat (Comer, 2013). There are two types of anorexia. The first type is restricting-type anorexia. The individual restricts food intake to a dangerous degree. The second type is binge-eating/purging type anorexia. The individual purposely regurgitates after eating uses laxatives and/or diuretics (Comer, 2013). Females compose 90-95% of people suffering from anorexia nervosa (Comer, 2013)....   [tags: Health, Eating Disorders]
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Dissociative Disorder - Dissociative disorder is a disorder characterized by involuntarily escaping reality. A person with this disorder may be in this state for what feels like hours but in actuality it is only a few minutes. Dissociative disorder can be split into four different categories such as Dissociative amnesia, Dissociative identity disorder, Dissociative fugue, depersonalization disorder. Each of these disorders share the same symptoms. Some symptoms include memory loss for certain periods of time, mental heath problems, a sense of being tied off from the rest of the world, and a having difficulty identifying ones’ self....   [tags: Psychology ]
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Female Body Image and the Mass Media - As Samantha Murray sat in the audience, she thought to herself: I suddenly became acutely aware of my own fat bulges and folds. I imagined every eye in the room on me, shaking their heads in pity, revulsion and even morbid curiosity. I pulled my shirt surreptitiously away from the bulges of my belly and my hips, trying to separate the appearance from the reality. I shifted in my chair, and felt my cheeks burn hot and my stomach churn... And yet I was ashamed. I was aware of the disgust my body inspired, its complete unacceptability and invisibility in the sexual domain, apart from as a figure of ridicule....   [tags: eating disorders, perception]
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Exploring the Cause of Eating Disorders - Familial Relationships and Bulimia - My sister is bulimic and has been in therapy for several months now. She seems to be making progress, but this eating disorder seems to rule her life nevertheless. Overwhelmed with conflicting desires, she is obsessed with food and her appearance. I see her suffer and wonder what has caused her to develop such behaviors. I know that there are several factors that can play a role in the inception of an eating disorder. Because of my sister’s problems, I have become interested in the interplay between familial relationships and bulimia....   [tags: Expository Cause Effect Essays]
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Crazy like U by Ethan Watters - Crazy Like Us is a book written by Ethan Watters. Through this book, Ethan explores the spread of anorexia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Through case studies, the author explains the causes, and symptoms of Anorexia in Hong Kong, depression in Japan, post-traumatic stress disorder in Sri Lanka, and how Schizophrenia came to Zanzibar. Moreover, he explains how these disorders are prevalent in the Eastern nations due to the American influence. In addition, Ethan Watters outlines the implications of the American influence, and the urgent need to treat these illnesses in a culturally suitable framework....   [tags: eating disorders, anorexia, schizophrenia]
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Anxiety Disorder - Anxiety Disorder What is Anxiety. As defined by Understanding Psychology by Glencoe, Anxiety is a general state of dread or uneasiness that a person feels in response to a real or imagined danger. Anxiety affects 19 million Americans annually and anxiety disorder happens to be the most common mental illness in America. There are many different types of anxiety disorder such as: Panic Disorder, Obsessive – Compulsion Disorder, Phobias, and a few more. Although there is no cure for anxiety disorders, there are treatments to reduce symptoms....   [tags: Psychology]
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Bipolar Disorder - Mental illness comes in many forms one of the most prevalent forms facing people today is depression. The realm of depression encompasses many different types and forms, some of these are, Seasonal Affect Disorder commonly called SAD, Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum, Chronic Depression, and situational depression to name a few. When many people think about depression they think about a person who is stereotypically down on life. However they don’t see the people who suffer from extreme highs, as well as extreme lows....   [tags: Health, Diseases] 1289 words
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Solution for The Problem of Bulimia Nervosa: Family Support - In the world today, people focus so much on their outward appearance when what is on the inside is what truly counts. Eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa have become a cultural habit, Research shows family support is the most effective solution for preventing and treating bulimia nervosa. Usually, what causes a person to become bulimic is different for everyone; it could be as simple as uncontrollable diet habits due to a person’s low self esteem. People do not just wake up one day and choose to be bulimic, it usually starts out with dieting(Gilbert 71)....   [tags: Bulimia Nervosa, eating disorders] 1102 words
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Starve for Perfection, the Cost of Anorexia Nervosa - Starve for Perfection, the Cost of Anorexia Nervosa There are innumerable amounts of people in this modern society that suffer from eating disorders. Forcing to be part of a society were it is more significant to be thinner than healthier and fitter, the media perpetuates and feeds over the strong feelings that women have to be thin to be desirable. With the media purporting the standards of what a beautiful woman should look like to get into a relationship, and emphasizing how undesirable fat is, new disorders are being born....   [tags: eating disorders, mind, perceptions]
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The Maudsley Model of Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa - The Maudsley model of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa The Maudsley model of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa was first developed in London in the mid-1980s. In this model, parents are given the a primary role in treatment, working together as a team in the home setting to reefed their child and confront anorexic behavior. Parents are also encouraged to separate anorexia from the child while performing this task, blaming the anorexia rather than the child and therefore minimizing the escalation of expressed emotion (Rhodes, Gosbee, Madden, & Brown, 2005)....   [tags: Health, Diseases, Eating Disorders] 1404 words
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Borderline Personality Disorder - Symptoms Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) hinders people’s security, makes interpersonal and interpersonal relationships difficult, worsens the person suffering from the disorder’s life and those around them, effects their affect and self-image, and generally makes a person even more unstable (Davidon et al., 2007). This disorder is a personality disorder which effects the people’s emotions, personality, and daily living including relationships with other and job stability. People with BPD may experience a variation of symptoms including but not limited to: intense contradictory emotions involving sadness, anger, and anxiety, feelings of emptiness, loneliness, and isolations (B...   [tags: Interpersonal Relationships, Symptoms]
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Obsessive Complusive Disorder - Obsessive compulsive disorder, or ODC when shortened, is an anxiety disorder in which the sufferer has many unwanted obsessions often with many repetitive compulsions. The National Institute of Mental Health says “People with OCD may be plagued by persistent, unwelcome thoughts or images, or by the urgent need to engage in certain rituals.” People suffering from this disorder are frequently washing their hands and keeping things in order. While the exact cause of this disorder is still unknown to scientists....   [tags: Psychology]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) -             Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, affects an average 1.7% of the population according to the Stanford University School of Medicine.  The recognition of this psychological disorder has grown in the recent years.  As the knowledge of this disorder becomes more prevalent, those suffering have become more willing to seek help (OCDA).             OCD is a condition “in which people experience repetitive and upsetting thoughts and/or behaviors” (OCDA).  While there are many variation of the disease, those suffering from OCD show signs in either or both of two categories: obsession and compulsion.  The obsessive factor varies from thoughts to images or to impulses.  These obsessi...   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders 2014]
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Borderline Personality Disorder: A Literature Review - The history of BPD can be traced back to 1938 when Adolph Stern first described the symptoms of the disorder as neither being psychotic nor psychoneurotic; hence, the term ‘borderline’ was introduced (National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, 2009, p. 15). Then in 1960, Otto Kernberg coined the term ‘borderline personality organization’ to describe persistent patterns of behavior and functioning consisting of instability, and distressed psychological self-organization (National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, 2009, p....   [tags: psychology, psychotic, adolph stern]
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Identifying and Conquering Bulimia - Before 1995, the island of Fiji had no reported cases of eating disorders. In three years of obtaining American and British television programming, more than two-thirds of the Fijian girls developed eating disorders and three quarters of the girls felt fat (Hall 1-2). Girls and guys are feeling more insecure about their bodies and are trying to cope with smothering feelings that come with being insecure. Some people aren’t well-educated on this topic, and because of that, they don’t see its seriousness....   [tags: Health, Eating Disorders] 2497 words
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Identifying and Solving Bulimia - “In Fiji, before television came about in 1995, the island had no reported cases of eating disorders. Within three years of obtaining American and British television programming, more than two-thirds of the Fijian girls developed eating disorders and three quarters of the girls felt fat” (Hall 1-2). Now, eating disorders are becoming more and more common as the years go by. Bulimia has been around for thirty years and people are still not very familiar with the harm it can do physically and emotionally....   [tags: Health, Eating Disorders] 2580 words
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Anoreixa Nervosa and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - I. Introduction Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, have been hypothesized to have a relationship with obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, there remains a great amount of evidence in favor that anorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive disorder share more similarities than bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. The implications of integrating eating disorders with obsessive-compulsive disorder to create a "family" of disorders called obsessive compulsive spectrum disorder will be discussed....   [tags: Essays on Disorders]
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Teenage-Onset Anorexia Nervosa - According to the DSM-IV anorexia nervosa is characterized by a refusal to maintain body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image, and amenorrhea (Polivy). According to the Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders, “up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the United States” (Siber 331). Anorexia is seen to affect girls in their adolescence and is rarely seen to affect men. A person suffering from anorexia has a fear of being overweight and weighs 15% less than her ideal weight....   [tags: Patients with Eating Disorders]
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Anorexia Nervosa - The pressure of being thin, beautiful and simply just looking perfect has become a major dispute in Americas culture. Television, Magazines and social norms effect young kids in the way they see themselves and now has turned into a main health concern. Seeing other people who you think may look perfect, is deceiving to many young girls as they think they are either overweight or just not good enough. With implying that it might result in some type of eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa. This obsession of being thin has rapidly increased over the years and is still accelerating.(DSM) This type of disorder, mainly appearing in females has over five million cases and one million in males....   [tags: Eating Disorders] 1761 words
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Understanding Anorexia Nervosa - Introduction Abnormal eating and an unhealthy preoccupation with ones body image is the hallmark of an eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder where the individual is at least 15% below his/her expected body weight and is using various methods to stop them from gaining weight. This disorder mainly affects adolescent girls and young women. There are two categories of anorexia nervosa: restricting and binge-eating/purging. The restricting type does just what the name implies: they restrict what they eat....   [tags: Abnormal Eating ]
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Benefits of healthy eating and exercise - Cardiovascular disease is known to be the leading cause of death. One would ponder upon the main cause of such a disease. When it comes to the risk factors, the two main causes of cardiovascular disease are lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating habits. “You are what you eat” is a common phrase, which is used to emphasize the significance of a healthy diet as key to a better health. For instance, if an individual consumes unhealthy meals on a daily basis, he or she would accumulate fat in their body and be unhealthy....   [tags: Healthy Lifestyle Essay]
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Overview of Bulimia - Throughout history, women have proved their intellectual strength. Whether it be gaining the right to vote and breaking the gender barrier from 1848-1920, or standing-up against racial injustice, women have been some of the most influential people. However, even after all this, women still have an increased desire to be thin because it is deemed “prettier” and “more desirable.” 40% of normal weight adolescent females regard themselves as “fat” and aspire to a thinner body, but “do not have time to watch what they eat or exercise” (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011)....   [tags: Eating Disorders, Body Image]
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A Look at Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is more than just ordinary mood swings. People suffer from periods of mania to periods of depression. Bipolar disorder is a significant medical condition that is a great health interest in America (Hopkins Medicine). The number of people being diagnosed with bipolar disorder increases every year; therefore, the importance of education and understanding of this disorder also increases because it can affect so many people’s lives. According to Johns Hopkins medicine, manic depression affects more than 5.7 million American adults--or about 2.6 percent of Americans age 18 and older in a given year....   [tags: Diseases/Disorders]
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Eating Disorders in Young Children - Eating Disorders in Young Children "GIRL GIRL. Time for supper!" I yelled upstairs. GIRL wouldn't come down. Finally, after ten minutes, she came and sat at the table in front of her food. No matter how hard I tried, she wouldn't eat anything. After a while I got the courage to ask her why she wouldn't eat her supper. She responded, "I am too fat." I was shocked to hear this from a fifth-grader who was only ten years old and was closer to being underweight than overweight. She continued to tell me that a lot of her friends didn't eat much, because they thought they were fat as well....   [tags: Health, Pyschology, Personal Experience] 325 words
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Female Body Image and the Mass Media - Emily Smith is buying groceries at Farm Fresh. She is walking to the register and the new cover of Self magazine catches her eye. She sees that Miranda Kerr, the Victoria’s Secret supermodel is on the cover in a crop top and bikini bottom. She compares her body to the image depicted on Self magazine. She starts nitpicking every part of her body. She looks down at her denim clad- thigh and thinks, “did my thighs and stomach get bigger than they were this morning. “ Influenced by the depiction of the image of Miranda Kerr, she now views her body as inadequate or ugly....   [tags: Media, Body Image, Eating Disorders]
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Family Structure in Eating Disorders - Family Structure in Eating Disorders We are all genetically and socially affected by our families. Families serve as the matrix of our identity. It is through interactions within the family that we develop a sense of who we are and how we fit in (Minuchin, Rosman & Baker, 1978). Parents serve as role models, providing examples for attitudes, coping skills, and eating habits, as well as setting standards for perfection, ambition and acceptance (Hall & Cohn, 1992). Many researchers claim that family dynamics are at the root of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa....   [tags: Relationships Health Papers]
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Overview of Multiple Personality Disorder - Multiple Personality Disorder (Dissociative Identity Disorder) Mental disorders have perplexed physicians, psychiatrists and the general public since the beginning of time. One specific disorder called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), also known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), has caused controversy between those who believe it is real and those who think it is purely part of an individual’s imagination. For those who believe strongly in its presence, it poses very existent consequences and hardships....   [tags: mental disorders, schizophrenia]
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Perfectionism and Eating Disorders - Perfectionism and Eating Disorders Many extreme pressures exist in modern society which directly affect a large number of the population to the point of extremity. In an age of high technology, rapid development, and intense social pressure, the pressure to be the best of the best prevails. Many people succumb to the pressure in a variety of ways, some beneficial, and some detrimental. Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa in part result from an intense pressure to achieve the perfect ideal body weight and physical appearance....   [tags: Self Image Esteem Health Papers]
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What Are the Risk and Protective Factors for Athletes, in Terms of Different Types of Sports and Intensity? - There are many scientific papers about eating disorders, possible treatments and possible risk factors. Due to the fact that, for many people with eating disorders, body image, dieting and over exercising is part of their everyday lives, the focus in this study is on sportswomen- and men.(1)⁠ In addition, the worldwide prevalence of eating disorders among athletes, 0-19% for men, and 6-45% for women, is higher than the prevalence within the general population.(1)⁠ The focus of this study however, lies on the Dutch population....   [tags: sports life, dutch athletes, eating disorders]
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Different Types of Bipolar Disorder - Different Types of Bipolar Disorder What is unipolar illness. When the mood is just depressed. This is far more common than bipolar illness. What is bipolar disease. Bipolar disorders (manic-depressive illness) are marked by periods of manic, greatly elated moods or excited states as well as by periods of depression. Although the manic-depressive psychosis may alternate from one of its phases to the other, one or the other phase is usually dominant for a while. Depression is more often dominant than mania....   [tags: Psychiatry Psychology Bipolar Essays]
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Cannibalism as a Sexual Disorder - Cannibalism as a Sexual Disorder Cannibalism occurs prevalently in both Tarzan and Heart of Darkness, and is a controversial topic with which the public is largely unfamiliar. Although cannibalism is generally thought of in a primitive animal sense, experts have revealed that cannibalism can be identified as a sexual disorder (O’Connor). A cannibal is scientifically classified as an anthropophagus (“Anthropophagus”), which falls under the category of Anthropophagy. Anthropophagy by definition is the sexual gratification by consumption of human flesh or blood....   [tags: Anthropology Essays Paleontology Papers]
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The Disorder Anorexia Nervosa - The Disorder Anorexia Nervosa In this paper, we will be describing a crucial disorder that affects many teenagers. This disorder is Anorexia Nervosa, better known as Anorexia. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by constant dieting, rapid weight loss and the feeling of being to fat during weight loss. Most anorexics are women and teenage girls, who see their self as being overweight even though they are deathly underweight. The term ¡§Anorexia Nervosa¡¨ means loss of appetite due to nerves, but the people with anorexia do not actually lose their appetite until the late stages of their starvation....   [tags: Papers] 452 words
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The Causality and Development of Bulimia - There are several different theories about the causality and development of bulimia. Bulimia may have a genetic and hereditary component aswell as a socio-environmental component. Other psychological factors involved include mood disorders and substance abuse in families of people with bulimia. One aspect of the biological perspective suggests that people with bulimia have a low serotonin level which is a brain chemical involved with both well-being and appetite. It was also suggested that a low central dopamine level was correlated with abnormal responses to food....   [tags: Causes of Bulimia, Eating Disorders] 756 words
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Dissocative Identity Disorder - We all daydreamed, gotten lost inside a movie, has even had an out of body experiences; don’t worry it’s all common, but it is also a mild form of dissociation. Dissociation is a separation within an individual’s actions, memories, thoughts feelings, or has a sense of being unreal. Among the most incomprehensible or mystifying and controversial is the rare dissociative identity disorder. It’s the most severe and chronic manifestation of the dissociative disorders. This colossal dissociation of identity from a conventional cognizance embodies those with dissociative identity disorder, (DID; previously known as multiple personality disorder) in which two more diverse characteristics are said...   [tags: Diseases, Disorders]
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Anorexia Nervosa: An issue of control - Anorexia Nervosa: An issue of control As medicine has progressed through the years, so have the avenues for diagnosing the various causes of many disorders. Recently there have been new discoveries about the disorder anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening eating disorder defined by a refusal to maintain body weight within 15 percent of an individual's minimal normal weight. (2) Other essential features of this disorder include an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image, and amenorrhea (absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles when otherwise expected to occur) in women....   [tags: Eating Disorders Health Papers]
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Adolescent Eating Disorders - Adolescent Eating Disorders With children as early as age 7 showing dissatisfaction with their body, and as young as 9 starting dieting, eating disorders are a serious issue in our society. Taking a look at perceptions, behaviors, and medical issues associated with the disorders of anorexia and bulimia, scholars have tried to categorize and find answers to the problems which certain adolescents suffer. In this paper I focused on the two major eating disorders of anorexia and bulimia.      In 1978, Brunch called anorexia nervosa a 'new disease' and noted that the condition seemed to overtake ?the daughters of the well-to-do, educated and successful families.....   [tags: Health Weight Obesity Anorexia Essays]
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The Role of Stress in the Development of Bulimia - The Role of Stress in the Development of Bulimia During the past few decades, Western culture has witnessed an enormous explosion in the number of eating disorders reported among young women. One such type of eating disorder is Butimia Nervosa. According to the DSM-IV criteria it is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, in which the person experiences a feeling of "loss of control",and recurrent compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain. Both of these behaviors occur, on average, at least twice a week for three months....   [tags: Causes of Bulimia, Eating Disorders]
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The Importance of Psychotherapy and Medication in the Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa - The Importance of Psychotherapy and Medication in the Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa This researched argument is on the disorder of bulimia nervosa. The reason behind my writing about the topic of bulimia is because my sister suffers from it and I want to know how to help her. I also would like to be able to share the information I obtained while doing my research. I want to argue the importance of having both psychotherapy and medication in the treatment for the people afflicted with this serious health disorder....   [tags: Causes of Bulimia, Eating Disorders]
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Differences and Similarities Between Bulimia and Anorexia - Differences and Similarities Between Bulimia and Anorexia In this essay similarities and the differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are considered. Similarities in the explanations of the two eating disorders are discussed through psychodynamic, behavioural, genetic and biochemical explanations. Anorexia nervosa is a complex emotional problem characterized by an obsession with food, weight, and thinness. Victims actually starve themselves, eating fewer calories than their bodies need to function....   [tags: Causes of Bulimia, Eating Disorders] 1152 words
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The Perfect Mind - ... With the extensive research and technology done today, scientists have discovered that the “brains of anorexics have malfunctioning in the insula, a key area that controls eating, anxiety, and body image.” (Anorexia May Be 1) “The discovery of differences in the insula begin to explain why anorexics behave the way they do…It is only [in those] who have this biological defect.” (Anorexia May Be 2) The research from the provided article explains one possibility of many that can contribute to the development of anorexia from biological traits....   [tags: eating disorders, self-esteem, control] 730 words
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Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a lifelong disorder, which can cause a person to do things repeatedly. This disorder is identified by two general symptoms: obsessions and compulsions. An obsession can be defines as an unwelcome, distressing thought or mental image. (Schwartz, 1996) It is a thought that annoys you so much that it causes distress and anxiety. Compulsions are the behaviors that people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder perform in an attempt to get rid of the fears and anxieties caused by their obsessions....   [tags: essays research papers] 864 words
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Bulimia Nervosa: The Disease, Diagnosis and Therapy - Bulimia, known as Bulimia Nervosa, is a deadly eating disorder in which an individual believes they are fat or overweight. Those individuals lose weight through unhealthy and dangerous methods. The overall desire to be thin and accepted appears to be the main cause of Bulimia. The attitudes about diet and appearance expressed by parents can be a factor. Teens may temporarily become slightly overweight and parents who react negatively may cause their children to become fearful or anxious about the way they look....   [tags: Diet, Nursing, Eating Disorders, Weight, Medical] 876 words
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Mindfulness Treatment For Mood Disorder in Teens - Mindfulness treatment for mood disorder in Teens Introduction The purpose of this study is to observe if mindfulness training decreases the symptoms in teens with mood disorders. Mindfulness has the potential to have a beneficial impact on teens with mood disorders by enhancing awareness, a self-management, self-acceptance, exposure, and cognitive therapy rolled into one experience. It has been researched in clinical practice for adults to treat a variety of mental and physical health issues. Mindfulness training enables them to notice their thoughts and redirect attention to other areas they can control at the moment, for instance breathing, walking, or environmental stimuli....   [tags: Disorders, mindfulness, teens]
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Eat, Drink and Be Merry - Eat, Drink and Be Merry This essay involves a very personal subject in my life and in the life of someone I hold very near and dear to my heart. A few years ago one of my closest friends whom I had known for most of my life told me under a cloud of tears, embarrassment, fear, and hope that she thought she had bulimia. I was the only one she had the courage to tell, and she felt that she had to tell someone because she had lost all control over her own actions, feelings, and thoughts. She felt that she couldn’t stop even if she wanted to....   [tags: Eating Disorders Bulimia Essays]
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Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa -    Imagine starving yourself to the point of death. Imagine throwing up repeatedly after every meal. This may seem too harsh of a reality to comprehend, but between 30-60% of all United States females are on calorie restrictive diets. (Reel, 3) These diets eventually lead to obsessions about their desired weight and often result in an eating disorder. The two most prevalent disorders today are; Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Bulimia Nervosa affects 2 to 3 % of all women 15 to 40. Many young women between middle and high school develop often these bad habits to cope with the insecurities developing around them....   [tags: Essays on Eating Disorders]
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Eating And Children - "You are what you eat", is a common old adage heard in western culture, which promotes healthy living and eating. It is certainly not uncommon to hear the latter with the latest health and fitness fervor held my many westerners. There is evidence to suggest that primitive humans believed that physical strength and abilitiy could be attained by consuming certain animals. For example, the early Cherokee Indian tribes believed that by eating venison one could inherit the swiftness of the animal....   [tags: Health Nutrition] 1457 words
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Bipolar Disorder - I have been diagnosed with what is called a Bipolar disorder. For all of my life I have been moody, so I guess when my I had mood swings my parents chalked it up to being a teenager. I always knew that it was more than just moodiness, but I had no idea what was wrong with me. When I am in a manic state I feel empowered and clever. In this phase, people find me very charismatic I also love myself and others and am very creative and productive. I also make unwise decisions during this phase like investing in one of my creative ideas which are not realistic.My manic phases can also jump to irratbility and imparience with others, when I amin this stage of my manic phase all t...   [tags: essays research papers] 1037 words
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Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa - “Body Image” Eating Disorders are a range of mental health problems. People that suffer from an eating disorder find their relationships, daily activities and basic health is affected. All ages and sexes can suffer. But eating disorders, such as Bulimia Nervosa or Anorexia Nervosa, are generally found in adolescent girls and young women. Anorexia Nervosa affects less than one percent of adolescent girls and young women, whereas, Bulimia Nervosa affects two percent. Approximately five percent of people with Anorexia are male....   [tags: Body Image Eating Disorders]
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Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa - Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa Today, both anorexia and bulimia are the most common eating disorders and affect almost 15 percent of American teenagers. Eating disorders are fifteen times more likely to occur in adolescent girls than adolescent boys. They can be fatal and thousands die from every year but this is one mental illness that can be beaten. Anorexia is increasing more rapidly in developed countries than in underdeveloped countries. Bulimia is becoming the more common type of eating disorder among teens....   [tags: Causes of Bulimia, Eating Disorders]
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