Solution Proposal K Wong

Eating Disorders Influenced by Society

Society is undeniably bound to influence that surround them. Eating disorders have become a common norm in many communities even though many do not notice. Even though we have the common sense of what is wrong and what is right, not everyone notices that they have fallen into enticing habits of eating disorders. The question is, who is to blame and what is the cause of all the victims of eating disorders? In society we cling to any form of media and bound ourselves to what others say about our own bodies, whether it be a compliment or an offense. But, everything begins at home. Home is a safe haven for many but, those who are left judged and unconnected are triggered to pushing an eating disorder. An eating disorder is not a choice, and it is a major psychological problem occurring in people of all ages. There is an epidemic in motion, those who treat eating disorders as a lifestyle and those who teach ones embracing ones own body while living healthier.But, in order to face this problem awareness and influence must be made in order to override those who embrace this disorder.

Women are encouraged to enjoy experiences such as hungry to get to their goal of being thin through excessive dieting. Tricks such as purging relieved some people of guilty thoughts of eating and other literary sources that relate to her argument or may go against it. This will lead to physical body damage and consequences.The mental state of mind of someone with an eating disorder may choose an eating disorder and see it as a goal to achieve and even a lifestyle. (Lintott) The actions and mental decisions can be caused by wanting a glorifying end result. But, it shouldn't be seen as a lifestyle. There is not beauty beyond having an eating disorder.

People who suffer eating disorders typically don't know or want to admit that it is a problem. The American Psychiatric Association states that anorexia nervosa are diagnosed in patients who weigh at least 15 percent less than normal, healthy weight for their expected height.(A.P.A.) Typically people with anorexia nervosa don't maintain a normal weight and refuses to eat. Some symptoms of anorexia are menstrual period cease, brittle bones and nails, depression, skin is coated with yellow pigments, etc. As for bulimia nervosa the patient usually don't have a specific weight. They can be underweight, normal, overweight, and obese. (A.P.A) Those with bulimia eat frequently and possibly eat over thousands of calories but after the binge eating stops they begin to feel the fear of gaining weight. This is where they turn to purging and laxatives. Sufferers tend to hide their binges, they're behavior may go unnoticed even towards close ones. Some symptoms consist of inflamed throat, diuretics, irritation to the digestive system, etc. Treatments are both emotional and physical health through psychotherapy and having provided guidance.

It has stated that some psychiatrists have argued over taking a group of eating disorders and putting them into specific categories to help clinicians and patients. Such categories are not specific since the category of EDNOS ranges from many similarities that derives into being an eating disorder. There are studies where Stanford University in California has found that 61.6% teenage girls were diagnosed to be under the category of EDNOS because they do not mark off as being anorexic and bulimic, yet they have criteria to be hospitalized.(JAMA) The University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis has found that patients diagnosed as EDNOS still hold similar aspects to those who are diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia.(JAMA)

Influences from what the media portray do influence women tend to begin disordered eating behaviors. Most women who fall under the categories of having self-control over choosing not to eat, such concepts and actions brings family to not be accepting and force provide food. Theses women begin to unacknowledged and judged where they further push their self-control of self-starvation. (Lintott) Sometimes such actions can also be easily hidden from family members where it isn't as noticeable as one would think. But, there are also those who consider that behavior cannot be directly accounted as cultural matters.

Although media influences the society and challenges the norm, family has a much higher role in eating disorders. The role of family and culture is where disordered thinking and eating habit begins. Many families may come to find such actions as absurd and unacceptable, thus further leading the individual to seek a haven where no judgement is made and they continue to embrace the eating disorder, they have.(Haworth-Hoeppner) Without acceptance from families, where would safe haven be for those who are troubled?

Family has a role in cases of eating disorders. As the saying goes, everything begins at home. Those within the family environment of having perfection, control, and enmeshment are the norms. It the development of self and self-image. (Haworth-Hoeppner) Such cultures do transmit messages about thinness and body shape. Family usually alludes and convey such judgement to other family members and so on. It leads theses individuals to no other option but look towards other options for help. Media portrays female bodies to be thin and ideal as a cultural aspect in present time.

An eating disorder is not something one can physically brush off, it is something that takes over a daily life. Numbers become everything and anything. Calorie counting, weight, appearance, exercise, and abuse of over the counter drugs are all used in an unhealthy way. Without treatment, it can lead to physical problems and eventually death. An eating disorder is hard to diagnose and those who have it may continue to believe that it’s a minor issue. This becomes very problematic, alluding to the fact that it is difficult to say who has an eating disorder yet not diagnosed as one. There is a fine line that separates those with diagnoses and those who have symptoms but are not classified as having an eating disorder.

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