I have chosen the topic of eating disorders amoungst adolescents for my reaserch project. By Meriam Webster Medical Dictionary definition, the term eating disorder is defined by the following; Eating Disorders: Psychological disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia) charachterized by gross disturbances of eating behavior. Anorexia Nervosa: Anorexia Nervosa is a disorder which is charachterized by self-starvation. Contrary to popular belief anorexics do eat every day even involving forbidden foods such as ice cream, candy, desserts. Generally only they only eat small amounts of food or severly restrict themselves to the foods which are safe to eat. A typical daily caloric intake of 600-800 calories or less is seen. Excercise is important to lose weight too. Most anorexics dont see how thin they are becoming. Their distorted body image sees them as gaining weight. Death can occur due to kidney or heart failure from malnutrition. Bulimia People with bulimia are involved in a binge-purge cycle of trying to control their weight and food intake. Bulimia is chaachterized by eating large amounts of food in a short period of timer, often foods which are forbidden or bad. Guilt soon follows which results in an attempt to purge the food and calories from the body. Not all bulimics will vomit. Some will use laxitives or excessive excercising. As with anorexia, depression and withdrawl occur and bulimia can result in deat if untreated. Compulsive Overeating Many people eat in response to emotional, not physical hunger. Compusive overeaters often feel a void in their lives. This void leaves them to feel empty and in turn they will eat to fill the emptyiness and choose comfort foods to fill the hunger. Compulsive overaters can be at risk for developing bulimia, hav…

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