Anorexia Nervosa is a very serious disease that is plaguing many young people inour society. This is something that is becoming more and more prevalent.
It issomething that should not be taken lightly. I have chosen to do my Sciencereport on this topic, because it is something intriguing and it is found in manyteens. This is a topic that is too foreign to many people and they need to beeducated on the subject. I hope to help that in anyway I can. In the followingparagraphs I will discuss the warning signs of anorexia, the people affected bythe disease, the disease itself, and certain types of treatments for thedisorder. Firstly, I would like to discuss the warning signs of an eatingdisorder. The physical symptoms are much easier to identify, so I will startwith them.
The first and most obvious sign is extreme weight loss, which you caneasily identify. To try and conceal this the anorexic will start to wear baggyclothing in an attempt to conceal the weight loss. An anorexic will also makeevery attempt to avoid a situation where food or meals are served. Times likethis will be very uncomfortable to them, because it leaves them vulnerable toquestions about their eating habits.
This is something they want to avoid at allcosts. Another part of avoiding meals is to prepare big meals for groups ofpeople and eat very little. The anorexic will give excuses like, “I’m totired to eat,” or, “No, that’s okay you should just eat. I prepared itfor you.” This let’s them off the hook in their own mind. They make it lookas they are too tired after all the hard work they have put in and usuallynobody draws attention to it.
An anorexic may also start to lose hair on theirhead or begin to grow finer hair on the body. This is one sign that you willwant to look for if you have the opportunity. It will be a very accurate sign ofan eating disorder. Also, a person with an eating disorder will show differenttypes of emotional and mental symptoms. A few of the more obvious symptoms aredepression, being grouchy, temperamental, and withdrawal. These are the mostcommon signs of a person with anorexia. However, you must be very careful whenassuming that a person has an eating disorder.
It should not be confused withmood swings caused by trouble with friends or at home. These symptoms areusually with the person most of the time, not just periodically. They areusually accompanied by some of the physical signs. There are a few other signsthat an anorexic person may have but are hard to identify with such as fear ofgaining weight and perfectionist tendencies. These are harder to identifybecause they can be confused with other feelings or easily concealed. You shouldnot confuse goal setting and high aspirations with perfectionist tendencies andif the person exercises daily it does not mean they are afraid of weight gain.By using common sense you can easily identify if a person has signs that areserious.
That is the time you need to take action. In closing, there are manyways to identify an eating disorder, but you must do it with carefulness andthinking. Next, I will talk about the people that are most commonly affected byanorexia and who is most likely to get it. So far, I have talked about thedifferent warning signs that you will find in anorexia. Now I will talk aboutwhat type of people to look for it in and it will give you a better idea of aperson that could have it. The first thing I would like to make clear, is thatany person can have an eating disorder. Statistics show different groups withanorexia, but the truth is that anyone can develop anorexia. After surveys,doctors have found that the age group where you will most commonly find anorexicpeople is between the ages of 13 to 21.
Doctor’s believe that these people aremore at risk because of being exposed to people that are very judgmental andanalyze them. This makes the person feel that they have to stay a certain wayfor the people around them. In other words, these people are afraid of beingrejected by their peers for being too fat. The age groups can vary from as youngas