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Eating Disorders
Shannell Baker
BEH 225
January 29, 2016
Melodie Miller
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Eating Disorders
A body need nutrients in order to function appropriately. Daily people have to eat food in order
to make available our body with nutrition. When the body becomes hungry, your primary drive
kicks in and you are looking for food to eat. The body knows that you need food and sends the
message to your brain for you to eat. Majority of the time when a person is hungry they will go
get something to eat. A lot of different things will effect what we eat some people even have
specific diets they follow due to medical reasons likes diabetes or because there allergic to
certain foods.
When an individual is suffering from any type of eating disorders, these disorders will
actually have an effect on the amount of food someone is eating. The urge to eat is definitely still
there however, they do not allow themselves to eat. Most eating disorders will start when a
person is trying to lose weight they start losing it, or they will not lose weight fast enough and
eventually will stop eating so much. Once this happens, this will cause them to lose weight they
will continue to keep with the same behavior. Two major eating disorders that occur today in our
society would be anorexia nervosa, victims of anorexia, are mostly adolescent females who
suffer devastating weight losses from severe, self-inflicted dieting eventually 5 to 8 percent will
die from malnutrition. The reason why is the refusal to keep their body weight in the normal
range which is recommended based on their height and age (Coon, 2013). The second major
eating disorder is bulimia nervosa, a bulimic person will gorge on food, then vomit or take
laxatives to avoid gaining weight. Just as with anorexia, most people who suffer from bulimia
are usually women or girls bingeing and purging can seriously damage a person’s health.
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Typical risks include sore throat, hair loss, muscle spasms, kidney damage, dehydration,
tooth erosion, swollen salivary glands, menstrual irregularities, loss of sex drive, and even heart
attack. (Coon, 2013). When you suffer from an eating disorder, you will take on a habit of
looking in the mirror often at a reflection that is not what you actually look like. The person
tends to see themselves as looking heavier than they are. Their mind makes them see something
other than what they actually look like. Having an eating disorder can effect someone’s health
and be very damaging to the body. Eating disorders also are on the rise in men, many men are
suffering from what is called muscle dysmorphia, which is excessive worry about not being
muscular enough. In society today, one third of men say that they would like less body fat and
another third would definitely like to build more muscle. Now more men are watching what they
eat, counting calories and exercising excessively about 10 percent of anorexics and 25 percent of
bulimics are now males. (Coon, 2013)
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Reference
Coon, D., & Mitterer, J. O. (2013). Introduction to psychology Gateways to mind and behavior
(13th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

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Running head: EATING DISORDERS 1 Eating Disorders Shannell Baker BEH 225 January 29, 2016 Melodie Miller EATING DISORDERS 2 Eating Disorders A body need nutrients in order to function appropriately. Daily people have to eat food in order to make available our body with nutrition. When the body becomes hungry, your primary drive kicks in and you are looking for food to eat. The body knows that you need food and sends the message to your brain for you to eat. Majority of the time when a person is hungry they will go get something to eat. A lot of different things will effect what we eat some people even have specific diets they follow due to medical reasons likes diabetes or because there allergic to certain foods. When an individual is suffering from any type of eating disorders, these disorders will actually have an effect on the amount of food someone is eating. The urge to eat is definitely still there however, they do not allow themselves to eat. Most eating disorders will start when a person is trying to lose weight they start losing it, or they will not lose weight fast enough and eventually will stop eating so much. Once this happens, this will cause them to lose weight they will continue to keep with the same behavior. Two major eating disorders that occur today in our society would be anorexia nervosa, victims of anorexia, are mostly adolescent females who suffer devastating weight losses from severe, self-inflicted dieting eventually 5 to 8 percent will die from malnutrition. The reason why is the refusal to keep their body weight in the normal range which is recommended based on their height and age (Coon, 2013). The second major eating disorder is bulimia nervosa, a bulimic person will gorge on food, then vomit or take laxatives to avoid gaining weight. Just as with anorexia, most people who suffer from bulimia are usually women or girls bingeing and purging can seriously damage a person’s health. EATING DISORDERS 3 Typical risks include sore throat, hair loss, muscle spasms, kidney damage, dehydration, tooth erosion, swollen salivary glands, menstrual irregularities, loss of sex drive, and even heart attack. (Coon, 2013). When you suffer from an eating disorder, you will take on a habit of looking in the mirror often at a reflection that is not what you actually look like. The person tends to see themselves as looking heavier than they are. Their mind makes them see something other than what they actually look like. Having an eating disorder can effect someone’s health and be very damaging to the body. Eating disorders also are on the rise in men, many men are suffering from what is called muscle dysmorphia, which is excessive worry about not being muscular enough. In society today, one third of men say that they would like less body fat and another third would definitely like to build more muscle. Now more men are watching what they eat, counting calories and exercising excessively about 10 percent of anorexics and 25 percent of bulimics are now males. (Coon, 2013) EATING DISORDERS 4 Reference Coon, D., & Mitterer, J. O. (2013). Introduction to psychology Gateways to mind and behavior (13th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. Name: Description: ...
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