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Powerpoint anorexia


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This is a project for a high school AP Psychology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its content please email the teacher Chris Jocham:

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Powerpoint anorexia

  1. 1. AnorexiaNervosa<br />
  2. 2. Defined<br />An eating disorder where a normal-weight person diets and becomes significantly underweight, yet, still feeling fat, continues to starve.<br />An emotional disorder that focuses on food, but it is actually an attempt to deal with perfectionism. <br />
  3. 3. Types of Anorexia<br /><ul><li>Purging
  4. 4. Weight loss achieved by vomiting, laxatives, or diuretics</li></ul>Restricting<br />Weight loss achieved by restricting calories<br />Following diets, fasting, and exercising to excess<br />
  5. 5. Probable Causes<br />Anorexia Nervosa patients tend to have<br />Low self-evaluations<br />Come from competitive, high-achieving, and protective families<br />Set perfectionist standards<br />Intensely concerned with how others perceive them<br />Fear falling short of expectations<br />Genetics<br />Culture<br />Idealize thinness<br />Have poor body image<br />Feel shame, depressed, and dissatisfied with their own bodies<br />
  6. 6. Genetics<br />The chances for identical twins sharing the disorder are greater than for fraternal twins<br />When ancestors were faced with famine, those who denied starvation and became hyperactive may have been more likely to search for food. <br />
  7. 7. Cultural Effect<br />Learned restraint in cultures that idealize thinness<br />Ultra-thin models<br />Doctored photos in magazines, advertisements, and other forms of media<br />Pressure to be thin<br />“Thin-ideal”<br />
  8. 8. Symptoms<br />Dramatic weight loss<br />Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting<br />Refusal to eat certain foods, or whole categories of food (e.g. no carbohydrates)<br />Denial of hunger<br />Excessive, rigid exercise regimen<br />Withdrawal from usual friends and activities<br />Weight loss and dieting become primary concerns in life.<br />Constant excuses to avoid mealtimes<br />Anxiety about gaining weight or being fat<br />
  9. 9. Physical Effects<br />Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure<br />Reduction of bone density or dry brittle bones<br />Muscle loss and weakness<br />Severe dehydration <br />Fainting and fatigue<br />Dry hair and skin, hair loss<br />Downy hair covering the body<br />Decreased fertility<br />
  10. 10. Psychological and Behavioral Effects<br />Distorted perception of self<br />Preoccupation with food<br />OCD<br />Depression<br />Forgetfulness<br />Denial of issue<br />
  11. 11. Effects<br />
  12. 12. Statistics <br />1 in 200 American women suffer from anorexia<br />About 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males<br />Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness<br />The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old. <br />Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents<br />95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25 <br />Rates of minorities with eating disorders are similar to those of white women<br />Only 1 in 10 people with eating disorders receive treatment <br />Source:<br />
  13. 13. Treatment<br />Psychotherapy<br />Family Therapy<br />Medication- Anti depressants (Prozac), potassium or iron supplements<br />Hypnosis<br />Biofeedback<br />Cognitive Behavioral Therapy<br />
  14. 14. I hate never feeling beautiful. I hate what I see in the mirror. I want to be perfect.<br />
  15. 15. My family keeps telling me to eat, but I’m doing fine. The days when I don’t eat anything at all, are the days when I feel like I accomplished something.<br />
  16. 16. I want to look like them. These photos are my inspiration and my aspirations.<br />Skinnies look good in everything.<br />
  17. 17. The conversations I have every day seem to blend together. Every time someone asks if I want anything to eat, I always say one of my three favorite phrases.<br />“I already ate.” “I had a big meal earlier.” Or simply, “No thanks, I’m not hungry.”<br />But in reality, I haven’t eaten the entire day. Or I’ve only drunken my standard recipe of lemon juice, water, and cayenne pepper. And I always notice the questioning look on everyone’s faces after my reply. But, I’ve learned to ignore it.<br />
  18. 18. I don’t want to eat. I don’t like eating. I find it revolting now. All those calories, fats, and hidden pounds lurking in everything. They are all just waiting until I become weak. So they can destroy me and all that I’ve accomplished.<br />
  19. 19. Wanting to be thin consumes me. Every time someone looks at me I immediately think they are judging me. Actually, I know they are. Who wouldn’t? I’m ugly. <br />The scale is my master and mistress. I can’t part from those numbers. The more the numbers go to the left, the happier I become. But that happiness is fleeting, all I want to do is lose more, more, more. I will never be content with myself until I’m perfect.<br />
  20. 20. When I first started not eating, it was so that my boyfriend would love me more. I thought that he would find me to be the most beautiful girl in the world as long as I remained thin. I wanted him to not even strain a muscle when he gave me piggy back rides, or have to ever debate with his friends who had the hotter girlfriend. I wanted to be the best. <br />
  21. 21. This is my life, and I will not change.<br />