Anorexia Nervosa is a very serious disease that is plaguing many young people in
our society. This is something that is becoming more and more prevalent.
something that should not be taken lightly. I have chosen to do my Science
report on this topic, because it is something intriguing and it is found in many
teens. This is a topic that is too foreign to many people and they need to be
educated on the subject. I hope to help that in anyway I can.
In the following
paragraphs I will discuss the warning signs of anorexia, the people affected by
the disease, the disease itself, and certain types of treatments for the
disorder. Firstly, I would like to discuss the warning signs of an eating
disorder. The physical symptoms are much easier to identify, so I will start
with them. The first and most obvious sign is extreme weight loss, which you can
To try and conceal this the anorexic will start to wear baggy
clothing in an attempt to conceal the weight loss. An anorexic will also make
every attempt to avoid a situation where food or meals are served. Times like
this will be very uncomfortable to them, because it leaves them vulnerable to
questions about their eating habits. This is something they want to avoid at all
Another part of avoiding meals is to prepare big meals for groups of
people and eat very little. The anorexic will give excuses like, “I’m to
tired to eat,” or, “No, that’s okay you should just eat. I prepared it
for you.” This let’s them off the hook in their own mind.
They make it look
as they are too tired after all the hard work they have put in and usually
nobody draws attention to it. An anorexic may also start to lose hair on their
head or begin to grow finer hair on the body. This is one sign that you will
want to look for if you have the opportunity. It will be a very accurate sign of
an eating disorder.
Also, a person with an eating disorder will show different
types of emotional and mental symptoms. A few of the more obvious symptoms are
depression, being grouchy, temperamental, and withdrawal. These are the most
common signs of a person with anorexia. However, you must be very careful when
assuming that a person has an eating disorder.
It should not be confused with
mood swings caused by trouble with friends or at home. These symptoms are
usually with the person most of the time, not just periodically. They are
usually accompanied by some of the physical signs. There are a few other signs
that an anorexic person may have but are hard to identify with such as fear of
gaining weight and perfectionist tendencies.
These are harder to identify
because they can be confused with other feelings or easily concealed. You should
not confuse goal setting and high aspirations with perfectionist tendencies and
if 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 are
serious. That is the time you need to take action.
In closing, there are many
ways to identify an eating disorder, but you must do it with carefulness and
thinking. Next, I will talk about the people that are most commonly affected by
anorexia and who is most likely to get it. So far, I have talked about the
different warning signs that you will find in anorexia. Now I will talk about
what type of people to look for it in and it will give you a better idea of a
person that could have it.
The first thing I would like to make clear, is that
any person can have an eating disorder. Statistics show different groups with
anorexia, but the truth is that anyone can develop anorexia. After surveys,
doctors have found that the age group where you will most commonly find anorexic
people is between the ages of 13 to 21. Doctor’s believe that these people are
more at risk because of being exposed to people that are very judgmental and
This makes the person feel that they have to stay a certain way
for the people around them. In other words, these people are afraid of being
rejected by their peers for being too fat. The age groups can vary from as young