Did you know about eight million people (3% of people) in the United States alone are suffering from eating disorders? When I found this information out I wonder what are the main three eating disorders and what can we do to help prevent this illness. After doing some research I found out that the major three are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge eating, but what can we do to prevent these spreading?
One of the major eating disorders is Anorexia Nervosa. This disorder is when women or men are worried about gaining weight, because they have a distorted perception of body weight. When a human being has this disorder there are physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms that contribute to their illness. The symptoms are has followed but not limited to Insomnia, Dizziness, Denial of hunger, social withdraw, taking pills and forceful vomiting.
The next major eating disorder is Bulimia Nervosa this illness is actually life-threatening, to the person that has the illness in many ways. When a human being has this illness he/she will eat until they are over-full and in pain, when they have reached this point they lose the extra calories in unhealthy ways like forceful vomiting, misusing pills mainly laxatives.
The last major eating disorder is binge eating, this illness is when a person overeats and can’t stop eating. Most of the people that have this disorder are in their late teens or early 20’s and it’s typically found within families. When a person has this illness they will eat until they are comfortable full and feel like it’s out of hand. When they feel like they can’t stop or they aren’t happy with their weight or the way their body looks either they will start eating more because they are depressed or they will try dieting without losing any weight.
When I found out about these three major eating disorders and how many people are actually affected by this I was surprised. Everywhere I go I hear how obesity is a problem in our country, but in reality it’s the eating disorders that are affecting our country 2 out of the 3 are when people are overeating, but also 2 out of the 3 are talking about forceful vomiting. Where will the cycle end? How can we help the people that are normally affected by these illnesses? I think we should start in the middle schools and high schools and teach them about the eating disorders more in depth and make sure they understand where to go if they need help.
In conclusion, when it comes to eating disorders I believe we should start teaching in middle school and throughout high school upon the eating disorders and where they can go if they need help. I do believe if we teach them where to go and what the signs are the count of eight million people in the United States that are affected by eating disorders will decrease overtime.