Abnormal Psychology: Eating Disorders

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Essay #: 054985
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Abnormal Psychology: Eating Disorders
Question one: Compare and contrast anorexia nervosa versus bulimia nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is extreme emaciation or the simple refusal to eat enough food to ensure a healthy body weight; these people literally starve themselves to death.
By contrast, bulimia nervosa entails repeated episodes of binge eating which is then followed by compensatory behaviour such as induced vomiting, misapplication or misuse of laxatives, and excessive exercise (though our course textbook does not define what ‘misuse of exercise’ might be). These individuals are often able to maintain a normal weight and appetite. Beyond that, they tend to downgrade their binge eating to being simply a failure of control as opposed to an...
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Moving along, our course notes tell us that people suffering from anorexia often commit suicide and have a higher than normal mortality rate; in fact, the mortality rate for young women with this disorder is 12 times higher than for other young females 15-24. People with anorexia also suffer from acute sensitivity to cold, have low blood pressure, amenorrhea, and endure serious bone loss that appears to be irreversible.
Returning momentarily to the first paragraph listed above, men and women with anorexia suffer from electrolyte and mineral imbalances that result in heart arrhythmias; they also endure kidney failure and, because of the lack of potassium, they also end up with weakened heart rates that cause heart failure.