Explaining concept Anorexia

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How often do we see skinny teenagers on the street nowadays? In how many newspapers, magazines and articles, we can read about eating disorders? Daily, how often we ask ourselves if we are skinny enough? This composition, will discuss Anorexia, a very common eating disorder.

Anorexia nervosa (a-neh-RECK-see ah) is an eating disorder that mostly occurs (about 59%) in adolescence girls, but it can also occur among teenage boys and adult men and women. Usually, anorexia begins between the ages of 14 to 18 when young teenagers go trough puberty. People with Anorexia have an exaggerated fear of gaining weight, they tend to avoid high-calorie and carbohydrate food, and they often count calories. People with this eating disorder also consume laxatives or diet pills, constantly exercise, move food around the plate, wear oversized clothes to hide their appearance, and worry about their nutrition all the time. They also have a fear of eating in front of others; sometimes they feel depressed, have problems socializing and starve themselves, even if they have a normal figure.

They also spend a lot of time in front of the mirror, takes care for others food, pay too much attention to their weight, and accumulate food in unusual places. A person with Anorexia, usually weights below 15% of his/her normal body weight. Their relation between height and weight is under 17,5 BMI (Body Mass Index), instead of the normal 20 to 25. (Mama's health, pg.1)

There are two types of Anorexia. The first type is the Restrictive type, in which a person keeps losing weight trough starvation, different diets, or by going overboard with exercising and physical activities (This type of anorexia affects 25% of people who suffer from this disorder). The second type of anorexia is the purgative or binge eating/purging...