My name is Shelly I am 17 years old and I had a wonderful boyfriend. The prom is just a four months away. I weigh 135 pounds and my dress fit, but it is a little snug in the waist. I think I am going to go on a diet and take diet pills. I have taken these pills for about one month and I have not seen any improvement in my weight. I have a friend that is really thin and I just found out that she does not eat anything. So I tried this form of dieting in my mind. I started losing the weight very quickly but I still felt very fat and unwanted. The less I ate the more my boyfriend started backing away from me. My parents started to talk to me about eating and I kept telling that I ate at school or over at my friend's house and the funny thing about this was that they believed me. Until one day when my parents came home and found on the floor passed out. They called 911 and took me straight to the hospital, and when they paramedics cut away my clothes they were very shocked at all they could see where my bones my weight was 84 pounds. My mom cried and my dad was in disbelief all I wanted to do was be left alone with myself pity. I went to a few classes here and there, but I still felt very fat. So I started to eat and eat and eat and just make myself throw up. It was a way I could keep everyone off my back. One day my mom came home from work and found me on the bathroom floor passed out again. This time when my parents called 911 my heart had stopped and I could not be revived that was the night that I died at the age of 17 all because I wanted to look good in my prom dress. This is just one of the heart wrenching stories that happens when a person has an eating disorder. There several types of eating disorders in today's society: Anorexia nervosa which means excessive dieting and weight loss. Bulimia nervosa this involves binge eating and the purging meaning you eat excessively and make yourself vomit. The final eating disorder is binge eating which means that you eat and eat and do not control your weight. Anorexia nervosa dates back 100 years ago, but it was thought to be a recent disorder. The name Anorexia nervosa means "Nervous Loss of Appetite". Anorexia affects 90 to 95 % of the female population from the ages 13 years old to the age 30 years old. This disorder can also occur in men and people of all ages regardless of age, race, origin, or religion, but this disorder is manly in white upper and middle class females. There are many different causes of any type of eating disorder they vary from culture pressures, psychological issues, family environment, genetic factors, life transitions and perpetual factors. Culture pressures is where society makes women and men feel as if they need to be thin it affects models, figure skates, runners, gymnasts and wrestlers. The media has a lot to do with the cultural pressures of this disorder. Psychological issues can include low self - esteem, depression, difficulty in expressing their feelings and these are just to name a few. Most people with anorexia are very self driven people, not only in weight loss but also in schoolwork, career related and physical fitness. It has been suggested that girls with anorexia use this form of self - starvation to avoid sexual and social demands associated with adolescents. There are certain psychological disturbances that may develop due to the eating disorder anorexia nervosa these include: depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, obsessive thinking, and social withdrawal. The family environment can play a large part in a person eating disorder. Families can be very critical on a child's weight and shape. Being sexually abused and or physically abused by person in trust can also be factors in a eating disorder. The feelings of wanting to be please someone in the family and overvaluing appearance and thinness. Genetic factors can occur eight times more when some in the family has an eating disorder of some kind. All though the doctors do know what the inherited factor may be. Anorexia occurs more in families that have depression and or alcoholism. Life transitions can trigger eating disorders when a person is already vulnerable to things that have happened in their life. The above factors such as family environment, genetic factors, psychological issues and or cultural pressures put large factor on how a person is dealing with life. The beginnings of adolescents, failing in school or at work, breakup in a relationship or a death in the family these are other life transitions that play a big part in a person is dealing with eating disorders. Once an eating disorder has been developed many things can perpetuate the disease even further. The perpetuate factors can be: starvation, people's reaction to weight loss, and emotional feelings of self - control, virtue, and power of controlling weight loss. The cycle that makes it more difficult for a person to become healthy again starts off with cultural factors: Cultural, psychological issues, family and genetics. The cycle then moves to dissatisfaction with the body and weight shape, from there the cycle goes to dieting to increase the feelings of self worth and self control. The cycle ends with starvation symptoms meaning reactions from others and emotions needs filled. There are different types of treatments for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. The treatment depends greatly on the person and what type of eating disorder they have may it be anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. The first thing that happens with treatment is to treat the serious medical problems. The second stage of treatment is weight gain and addressing the psychological needs of the individual. Not every eating disorder is the same. The treatment for the psychological has to start with what has caused the eating disorder in the first place. Regaining the weight is a key point in the treatment of the eating disorders due to improvements in the mood swings, personalities, and interpersonal relationships cannot be continued without them. The percentage rate is 75 that people with anorexia nervosa experience improvement with the right therapy and treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment of this disease can help prevent the serious outcome of medical problems and psychological problems occurring. In conclusion the factors of cultural pressures, family environment, psychological issues, life transitions, and genetic factors all play a role in how people deal with society and trying to fit in with life.
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