Food Disorders Related to Distorted Body Image

Regardless of social and economic classes, races, and their level of intelligence, it has been reported that almost 10% to 15% of the American men are unable to handle a variety of emotional difficulties which could lead them to suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.3Eating disorders are serious physical and psychiatric illnesses concerning the unusual eating habits, attitude about food consumption, the weight management practices, and a person’s ideal weight and body shape. The common denominator of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder is the irrational fear of getting fat and dissatisfaction in their own body weight and shape. As a result, these individuals would eventually go through unhealthy weight management system as well as the extreme intake of food.Eating disorders have a very high mortality rate of any mental illness.4 Therefore, it is essential to fight against eating disorders. For the purpose of this study, the researcher will gather articles and related journals to discuss several issues related to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders. In the process, the researcher will also determine the type of individuals who are prone to suffer from these eating disorders, distinguish the differences between the three types of eating disorders and discuss the health consequences related to eating disorders.Nobody really knows the main reason that causes eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. However, a lot of researchers have come up with theories relating eating disorders with several factors that are related to physical, emotional, social, and familial related issues. According to the College Response National Eating Disorder Screening Program (NEDSP), almost 50% of the individuals who are suffering from eating disorders are due to depression.5