Factors Behind the Development of Anorexia in Antelope Valley Nevada
Do you understanding how an individual may develop an eating disorder such as anorexia? Learn about some of the reasons behind the development of anorexia in Antelope Valley Nevada.
According to an article at bulimia.com, “What is an Anorexic“
“One common misconception is that people become anorexic because they are self-absorbed, vain individuals who place too much importance on their looks. While the culture of thinness in which we live is certainly an influential factor in the development of anorexia, it is by no means the sole cause. In fact, there is no sole cause. Anorexia is a response to a complex mix of cultural, social, familial, psychological, and biological influences unique to each person. The answer to the question “Why?” is an individual one requiring deep introspection on a personal level. Some possibilities are discussed below.
One widely-accepted theory is that people develop anorexia because they seek control over themselves and their lives. Food and weight can be controlled when other aspects of life cannot, and indeed significant events, such as leaving home for the first time, a divorce, or a serious illness are examples of out-of-control situations which can trigger anorexia. Restricting food intake while in the presence of enticing foods, meticulously adhering to arduous rules and regimens, and successfully losing weight while so many others can’t, evokes feelings of accomplishment while providing a sense of security. Eventually, though, anorexics feel even less in control as they become imprisoned by behaviors and thought patterns that, despite concerted efforts, they cannot relinquish.
A high percentage of people struggling with anorexia have a history of abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences, and develop anorexia as a coping mechanism. In her book, A Hunger So Wide And So Deep (1996), Becky Thompson not only discusses sexual and physical trauma and their relationship to eating disorders, but she also illustrates that living in poverty, enduring acculturation, and suffering racial, sexual, religious, or other forms of discrimination are also traumatic events which can be contributing factors.”
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