Examines the causes and effects of this eating disorder.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious, often chronic and life-threatening eating disorder. The paper first outlines the four major categories of risk factors associated with disordered eating are (biological, psychological, familial and socio-cultural). It then looks at the effects, both physically and emotionally, of the disease on the patient.
In the early to middle stages of anorexia the body attempts to conserve energy as the body loses weight, and this leads to associated complications. In order to conserve energy the body shuts down other functions and young women may stop menstruating. Other dangerous aspects are that in the process of compensating for weight loss, the body also slows down the heart rate with a subsequent fall in blood pressure. This means that heart problems might result in the anorexic patient.