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July, 2013

causes of anorexia nervosa essays

It is important to remember that, although many people who develop anorexia nervosa and bulimia do so following dieting, dieting itself does not cause an eating disorder. Hetherington asserts that it may be the trigger but that there isusually a range of other factors which precipitate the occurrence of the disorder. The person who develops […]

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amenorrhea definition

In females, one of the first questions a nurse or doctor may ask is whether theperson’s periods have stopped; usually this is the case. Sometimes, the periods stop before significant weight loss occurs. This can then motivate the person with anorexia nervosa to continue with the weight loss (there is a belief that one of […]

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Body Image Distortion Disorder

It is widely believed that the person with anorexia nervosa does not see that theyare thin but reports that they see themselves as overweight. However, people whohave experienced anorexia nervosa state that this is not the case. They state thatthey are fully aware they are underweight but can also still feel huge and so havethese […]

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Self-induced weight loss

Anorexia nervosa usually begins after starting a diet, possibly with a group offriends. However, whereas the friends stop dieting, the personwith anorexia nervosa continues to diet, eating fewer and fewer calories and usinga range of techniques to lose weight. Therefore, they avoid fattening foods such assweets, biscuits, cakes and crisps, which contain predominantly carbohydrates and […]

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low body weight health risks

The person with anorexia nervosa will present as very thin; they can be as low inweight as 30 kg (approximately 5 st). However, their weight is usually concealed bylayers of clothes or baggy oversized clothes. They may also wear several layers ofclothes as they feel cold constantly and can suffer from hypothermia (abnormally low body […]

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Features of anorexia nervosa

There also appears to be a strong genetic link. Studies of twins have shown thatfor those who develop anorexia nervosa, 65% of identical twins both have anorexianervosa, compared to 32% of non-identical twins. In respect of other female siblingsof the person with anorexia nervosa, 6–10% have also been diagnosed. Features of anorexia nervosa A person […]

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Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa

ANOREXIA NERVOSA The first medical reports of anorexia nervosa were by Dr Richard Morton (an Englishphysician) in 1689. He referred to the disorder as ‘nervous consumption’, but it wasnot until 1868 that Sir William Gull (an English physician) and Dr Charles Lasègue(a French physician) provided the term ‘anorexia nervosa’. Their descriptions of thedisorder are still […]

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eating disorders articles

DEFINING EATING DISORDERS A person who has an eating disorder has a disturbance of eating habits or weight control behaviour with strong beliefs of what being overweight represents. This disturbance results in significant impairment of physical health or psychosocial functioning but should not be due to a general physical disorder or other mental illness. The […]

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Suicide Prevention Strategies

Preventing suicide A wealthy college student was single, pregnant and suicidal, with a clearly formed plan. The only solution she could think of besides suicide was never to have become pregnant, even to be virginal again. I took out a sheet of paper and began to widen her blinkers (sic). I said something like, ‘Now, […]

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Suicide Psychology Reasons

Suicide has been viewed as a retaliation for some hurt done as well as to instilfeelings of guilt in others. Related to this is the theory that it is designed to forcelove from others on the part of a dependent partner.It is, however, predominantly viewed as a bid to avoid unacceptable feelings. These are the […]

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