Dying to be Thin According to NIH Medline Plus, “Eating Disorders may primarily affect females, but males are also vulnerable.
An estimated 5%-15% of males account for anorexia or bulimia.” My nephew, Juan Maldonado was a regular 11-year-old kid. He was outgoing, kind, and carefree when I was 17 years old. That all changed when he was 12 years-old, because he started to see himself in a different way. Juan became more withdrawn, angry, and sad.
My own nephew was struggling with something and I had no idea what it was, until I started putting together the signs. When I noticed he wouldn’t eat as much as he used to, started losing weight drastically, and how he treated his mom, my cousin, I realized that perhaps he might have an eating disorder. Anorexia Nervosa is a dangerous illness that affects a person mentally, physically, and emotionally. With the significant ties in the history, and the potential causes and symptoms, anorexia nervosa continues to work its way into the mind of an individual.
With the way anorexia can impact the person and the family of the one going through this disorder, there are treatments set in place to help an individual overcome it. The way it makes families suffer, some individuals going through anorexia won’t allow help. The significance of the history of eating disorders has grown exponentially due to the inability to identify what anorexia really is.
Anorexia Nervosa or AN began emerging in the early 1600s, but it wasn’t until the last 1800s that it became identified. In the late eighteenth century, anorexia nervosa was viewed to be a form of hysteria that mainly impacted women that came from the middle and upper classes. However, some women appeared to believe that the ideal body type during this time, was that of a curvy and full-figured woman. Many women attempted to obtain this body type by the use of corsets. Throughout the late eighteenth century, corsets were an illustration of how women began taking maximum measures to achieve what they thought was the ideal body type.
In the article, Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa—Treatment Satisfaction and the Perception for Change, by Camilla Lindvall Dahlgren and Kristin Stedal is about how cognitive remediation therapy has been recently developed for children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Dahlgren and Stedal expressed, “Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder (ED) characterized by a persistent restriction of energy intake which leads to significant low body weight, and intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat……” (1). This illustrates what anorexia nervosa is and how certain behaviors can bring forth this disorder.
Many individuals have the need to look thin because it is what many believe is expected. Especially when it comes to women, there is a certain desire to fit in. The fear of eating too much and gaining weight brings forth the need to not eat as often as we are used to. Therefore, starvation is deemed necessary to lose weight and achieve what many believe to be the ideal body type.
Furthermore, leading to individuals on limiting their food intake and partaking in diets that can have severe health risks. Thus, the history behind anorexia nervosa is being more looked upon in order to understand the disorder that affects many