Anorexia Nervosa Descriptive Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Anorexia Nervosa
A brief look at the diagnosis, symptoms and treatment of the eating disorder known as anorexia nervosa.
# 117401 | 826 words | 3 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2009 in Medical and Health (Eating Disorders) , Psychology (Eating Disorders)

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This paper first relates that anorexia nervosa is a psychoneurotic disorder characterized by a prolonged refusal to eat that results in emaciation, emotional disturbances concerning body image and an abnormal fear of becoming obese. The paper further relates that this condition is mostly seen in adolescent teenage girls and is usually linked with emotional stress or conflict, such as anxiety and irritation. In particular, the paper looks at the warning signs that indicate a person is afflicted with anorexia such as skipping meals, the target age for the disorder and possible explanations such as genetics. Different treatment options are provided at the conclusion of the paper.

From the Paper:

"Biologically, it has been shown as recently as this year that "genetic factors account for more than fifty-six percent of the risk of developing anorexia nervosa," meaning that the disorder is more likely to occur if it runs in families, i.e, genetically determined. Certain types of personality disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, are more prone to the disease. Recent statistics point out that if a person's mother or sister developed anorexia, that person is "twelve times more likely than others
with no family history of anorexia" to develop the disorder; they are also "four times more likely to develop bulimia." In addition, a person with anorexia/bulimia "can activate brain chemicals that produce feelings of peace and euphoria (excess activity in the brain's dopamine receptors), thus temporarily dispelling anxieties and depression" ("Anorexia Nervosa," Internet)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders." ANRED. Internet. 2005. Retrieved from
  • Center for Change. Internet. 2005. Retrieved from
  • Glanze, Walter D. Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary. St. Louis, MO: C.V. Mosby Company, 1990.

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