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Anorexia Nervosa

             Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines anorexia nervosa as "a .
             serious disorder in eating behavior primarily of young women in their teens and .
             early twenties that is characterized especially by a pathological fear of weight .
             gain leading to faulty eating patterns, mal-nutrition, and usually excessive weight .
             loss" (48). .
             The main thing that Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary did not state .
             was the fact in which why many women, and a small number of men, turn to the .
             disorder of anorexia nervosa. For many people it is a disorder within ones self .
             and not only in the mind. For some the disorder takes over the patient and they .
             no longer have control of their body. In the Journal of Counseling and .
             Development the authors state that patients of anorexia nervosa can be effected .
             by their roles in which they play in society. The author also says that anorexia .
             nervosa is a representation of Western culture's obsession with the ideal image .
             of being thin (Rogers, Petrie 138).
             Anorexia nervosa is not only a women's fear of gaining weight, but also .
             more of a disease. The fear of gaining weight becomes so set in the mind .
             of the victims to anorexia nervosa that it can take over every thought in a persons .
             mind from the moment that they rise each morning to the moment they go to .
             sleep each night. Rogers and Petrie state that an anorexic persons refusal of .
             food can be interpreted as an indirect attempt to assert his or herself and control .
             his or her hostility. An anorexic patient's hostility is indirectly expressed through .
             anger on their body (138).
             According to an article in Patient Care, there are three obvious criteria .
             characteristics in diagnosing an anorexic nervosa patient. The first characteristic .
             is a refusal to maintain a minimal and normal body weight. An anorexic nervosa .
             sufferer may count the peas on the dinner plate and only eat one third of the .
             peas, so that they feel as though they are not over eating.

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