Anorexia and Its Effects on the Youth of Argentina Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

Anorexia and Its Effects on the Youth of Argentina
An examination of the effects of anorexia nervosa, and eating disorders in general, on the youth and nation of Argentina.
# 149312 | 2,672 words | 13 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper explores the factors contributing to the growth of eating disorders in Argentina and identifies both sociological and psychological factors in the Argentinean culture that enable these behaviors. The paper then assesses how these catalysts are completely redefining the health of this nation's women.

Factors Contributing to ED Growth in Argentina
Effects on Argentineans of Pursuing Unrealistic Body Images through Anorexia

From the Paper:

"The prevalence of ED throughout Argentina is most pronounced in pre-teen and teenagers between the ages of 10 - 19, according to one of the only studies dedicated entirely to ED and anorexia in this Latin American nation (Herscovici, Bay, 1996). Correlating this study's results through analysis of several others paints a bleak picture of pre-teen and teenager self-concepts are and self-esteem levels are. These low levels of self-concept and self-esteem can easily lead to other high-risk behaviors including unprotected sex, tobacco and alcohol use, marijuana use and most troubling suicide ideation (thoughts of suicide) and suicide attempts as well (Neumark-Sztainer, Story, Dixon, Murray, 1998). Correlating these unhealthy and dangerous behaviors back to the specific attributes in the Argentinean culture begins with an analysis of the sociological and psychologically-based norms and values inherent in the nations' identity as well. As EDs and anorexia most often found in girls between the ages of 12 and 18 who have learned how to either binge eat or use vomiting as a strategy for alleviating weight gain (Neumark-Sztainer, Story, Dixon, Murray, 1998), additional factors include those teenagers and young adults from families that have experienced significant crisis (le Grange, Nieto, 1995) and those that have a history of eating and weight problems within the family itself for multiple generations (Herscovici, Bay, 1996)."

Sample of Sources Used:

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