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Anorexia and Bulimia

             A vast amount of research has been done on the subject of eating.
             Many eating disorders have been proven to emerge.
             during adolescence and often serve as the foundations to more serious.
             problems like anorexia and bulimia. This essay will explore the development of.
             eating disorders in adolescent girls. It will show that these disorders are closely.
             connected to the biological and psychosocial changes that occur during the.
             adolescent period. .
             Many teen girls suffer with anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder in which.
             girls use starvation diets to try to lose weight. They starve themselves down to.
             skeletal thinness yet still think that they are overweight. Bulimia, meanwhile, is a.
             disorder in which young women binge on food and then force themselves to.
             vomit. They also often use laxatives to get food out of their system. All of these.
             young women who suffer from this problem are considered to suffer from a.
             psychiatric disorder. While the causes are debatable, one thing that is clear is.
             that these young women have a distorted body image. (Wolf, pp.214-216).
             What is extremely alarming is that the current thin ideal for women in.
             Western society, which is unattainable for all but a very small percentage of the.
             population, is compounding this problem. It is a very serious issue when.
             someone's body shape is determined by genetic disposition and yet they try to.
             alter it to fit some kind of imaginary ideal of how a person should look. .
             Thus, one of the most serious problems is that female nature is not what.
             society says it should be. Some researchers theorize that anorexia is a young.
             woman's way of canceling puberty. Since they lack body fat, anorexics don't get.
             their periods and often lose their sexual characteristics such as public hair. They.
             remain, in other words, little girls. There is also the complex issue of women.
             feeling that by having an eating disorder they are finally in control of something.
             in their life. This may sound strange, but much research has shown that women.

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