Faith Filled Family Magazine November 2016 - Page 71

happens to their bodies and how people view them. These disorders are serious, threatening the health and lives of their victims, especially those with anorexia and bulimia. They require multifaceted treatment, primarily psychological and, in some cases, psychiatric treatment for recovery (Section D-Eating Disorders, 2015). restricting her food intake and seeing the numbers on the scale drop lower. She could only think of how fat and ugly she was. Her weight plummeted to 87 pounds. Her protruding bones showed through her baggy clothing. Friends and family were very worried about her. Anorexia nervosa is a very slow suicide. It is considered an averSTARVING FOR LOVE: sion addiction, meaning the perANOREXIA NERVOSA son is addicted to avoiding food. Most of the people affected are Carrie* was a successful high women, although it also affects school student with a lot going men. This disorder has recently for her. She had fantastic grades, become more prevalent for midparticipated in extracurricular ac- dle-aged women to be affected tivities, and was college bound. by this disorder due workplace The people who knew her would pressures. The age group most have never guessed she was affected, though, are teens and secretly counting calories and young adult women because of began to restrict her food in- society’s focus on body image Canadians suffered with an eating disorder. (Statistics, 2013) As prevalent as eating disorders are, the chances of knowing someone with an eating disorder are high. There are three primary eating disorders identified: anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, although there are others beginning to emerge such as orthorexia and anorexia athletica. Eating disorders have a complex set of issues driving the behavior. They all hold several common features even though they are different in practice. These include an obsession with food and control over their own bodies. The victims are dissatisfied with their bodies and have poor self-esteem. Most have been victims of some form of abuse and/ or key traumatic experience triggering the behavior. All are desperate attempts to control what take in an effort to be what she thought others wanted her to be -- thin. Lurking under the surface of her smile and love for learning was deep emotional trauma from her childhood. Carrie went on to college delving deeper into her obsession with thinness by and thinness. Anorexia usually begins as an innocent diet, but goes too far. Anorexics count calories and weigh themselves several times daily. Victims begin to display some very serious symptoms such as dehydration, malnutrition, soft downy hair all