Cheryl L. Mclean
Intro to Psychology
Chapters 12 and 13
Have you ever known anyone personally who has had an eating disorder? Is this a disorder that only affects teenagers? I’m a soon to be 47 year old who can say in my life time at least one in every 10 of my friends have suffered from some sort of eating disorder. I can also say that a few of my friends who have had an eating disorder did not grow out of it by their adult years. It is sad to say but I have even witnessed how one of my girlfriends behavior even affected her 8 year old daughter. One morning when the child woke up, she complained about ...view middle of the document...
Binge eating is different from going to a party and "pigging out" on pizza, then deciding to go to the gym the next day and eat more healthfully. People with bulimia eat a large amount of food (often junk food) at once, usually in secret. The person typically feels powerless to stop the eating and can only stop once he or she is too full to eat any more. Most people with bulimia then purge by vomiting, but may also use laxatives or excessive exercise (TeensHealth, 2007).
There is, however, a cultural explanation for the fact that anorexia and bulimia occur mostly in women and mostly in weight-conscious cultures (Meyers, 2007). Here in America, the media has had a huge impact on the influence to be extremely thin through TV and Magazines. They advertise that being thin is being beautiful and sexy. It is not surprising that young girls and women desire to “stick” thin. How can you determine if someone you know has an eating disorder and what is the difference between the two disorders? The first step that you must take is to educate yourself about eating disorders. Below we will take a closer look at the two most dangerous eating disorders and how to detect the signs.
Anorexia is often easier to detect than bulimia, because its symptoms are more difficult to hide. Anorexics lose weight quickly. They often wear baggy clothes to conceal their weight loss, and passionately...