Anorexia is a problem to be addressed through deeper understanding of its nature and the course it will take because your friends and family of anorexia victims are less informed than they should be. Psychologists are still trying to find one cause towards anorexia and have found that complications with friends, family and social surroundings have raised many issues and concerns associated with anorexia. A particular website read "Research suggests that about 1% of female adolescents have anorexia. That means that about one out of every one hundred between ten and twenty are starving themselves sometimes to death."1 How do we target this problem, and better yet why are we letting our friends and family get to a point of not feeling accepted?.
Women are not the only gender suffering from this disease. Anred (Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders) said, "Only about 10% of people with anorexia and bulimia are male. This gender difference may reflect our societies different expectations for men and women."2 You would think that this disease would work in reverse for men. Instead of loosing weight and looking puny, men are looked at as a strong point in society, and in order for the male to be accepted, he must be in pristine physical shape. This would denote being considerably large and brawny however, there actually are males suffering from anorexia nervosa. If you think about the 1 out of every 100 females between ten and twenty who suffer from anorexia nervosa, then think about one thousand males and know that only one of those one thousand suffer from this disease. Anorexic men and women deny the danger of low weight, they have absolutely no idea of what consequences may come. Can you imagine being terrified of adding weight to your physique? Many men and women suffering from anorexia have this fear built up inside. Anorexics see people who are over weight and sprint full out in the opposite direction until he or she does not know any better.