Anorexia nervosa


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Fictional account of having anorexia for a high school AP Psychology project

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Anorexia nervosa

  1. 1. Anorexia Nervosa<br />
  2. 2. What is Anorexia?<br />Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a normal-weight person(usually an adolescent female) diets and becomes significantly (15% or more) underweight, yet, still feeling fat, continues to starve.<br />
  3. 3. Who is Affected by Anorexia?<br />Typically, young females are the most common victims of anorexia but males can also have the disorder.<br />
  4. 4. How Many People are Affected?<br />In America, approximately 8 million people suffer from an eating disorder.<br />1 in 200 women suffer from anorexia.<br />9 out of 10 people with anorexia are women. <br />
  5. 5. Celebrities With Anorexia<br />Karen Carpenter<br />Terry Schiavo<br />Christy Henrich<br />Leila Pahlavi<br />Anne Sexton<br />Mary-Kate Olsen <br />Justine Bateman<br />Amanda Beard<br />Victoria Beckham<br />Elisa Donavan<br />
  6. 6. What are the Symptoms of Anorexia?<br />A person becomes more than 15% underweight.<br />A person may be very irritable. <br />Sleep loss<br />Lack of focus and attentiveness<br />Extreme fatigue<br />
  7. 7. How is Anorexia Treated?<br />For severe weight loss, intravenous feeding and tube feeding through the mouth may be necessary.<br />Scheduled eating, decreased physical activity, and increased social activity are also ways to regain weight. <br />
  8. 8. Can Anorexia Disrupt One’s Social Life?<br />In most cases yes. Anorexia can lead to social withdrawal, and in severe cases, depression.<br />
  9. 9. What Causes Anorexia?<br />Anorexia can be caused by a mixture of genetic history, social influences, occupational stress such as ballet or modeling, and personality traits.<br />
  10. 10. Living with Anorexia<br />As a male struggling with anorexia, getting through the day is extremely difficult. When I tell people I have anorexia, they don’t believe me because I am a man and people think it is solely a woman’s disorder. <br />
  11. 11. Sexuality<br />Because of my anorexia, people speculate that I am a homosexual. Having the disorder doesn’t mean I am gay (which I’m not). I just don’t like the way I look so I exercise excessively and limit my caloric intake to a minimum.<br />
  12. 12. Daily Routine<br />I wake up around 5:30 AM so I can run (5 miles) before work. Once at work, I’ll grab a power bar or some other small snack. I typically have a small lunch including lots of vegetables and fruit. Once I get home, I will get on the elliptical trainer for another 3 miles. For dinner I will eat my largest meal of the day. I never exceed 1500 calories per day.<br />
  13. 13. Physical Attributes<br />I am 6’3” and weigh 122 pounds. My mother has told me that I look very frail yet I see an overweight figure in the mirror.<br />
  14. 14. Social Life<br />I don’t have many friends because of my constant irritability. Also, because of my appearance, I don’t feel comfortable with social encounters. Because of my lack of friends, I sometimes feel depressed. <br />
  15. 15. Love Life<br />I am now 23 and have struggled with anorexia since I was 20. I haven’t had a girlfriend since I was 19. Every time I start talking with a girl, I lose my confidence and feel uncomfortable. This typically makes the girl uneasy and that concludes our meeting. <br />
  16. 16. Work Life<br />I work a typical 9-5 job, but my days at the office may be numbered. Because of my anorexia, I am extremely tired and inattentive causing my production to be minimized. My boss told me I had one more chance to prove I can be productive or else I am going to be fired. <br />
  17. 17. Medical Effects<br />At my last check up, my doctor stated that I have a possibility of organ failure due to malnutrition. He said he wants me to start eating 3000 calories per day, but that would throw off my diet. <br />
  18. 18. Treatment<br />I have decided to undergo treatment to try and rid myself of the disorder. My doctor has me on a diet that will cause me to gain 2-4 pounds per week. He also advised me to stop working out for a few weeks until I can maintain a healthy weight.<br />
  19. 19. Improvements<br />It is now 16 months later and I have successfully overcome my anorexia. My weight is up to 167 pounds and I actually have a girlfriend. Now that I’m eating much better, I am more focused at work and was promoted as a result. I feel much more confident and comfortable in my own skin.<br />
  20. 20. Notice<br />All the pictures of men featured in this power point are not of myself but rather are generic images used to describe myself and certain situations. <br />