Essay on Anorexia and Exercise

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Abstract There are many ways someone can lose weight. Many people choose a healthy method of weight loss, such as exercising and a good, nutritious diet. Other people lose weight by developing an eating disorder. Eating disorders are dangerous and can result in serious mental and physical health problems. Recovery from eating disorders is a battle that can last a lifetime. Resulting to losing weight by starving the body is an unsafe method. However, exercise is an effective method of weight loss. With hard work, dedication, and patience, exercise can help someone lose weight. Exercising regularly result in mental and physical benefits. According to Hippocrates (n.d), “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much; we would have found the safest way to health.” (Retrieved from ). With all the different methods of weight loss, it is important to choose a method that is a safe and healthy method.

Anorexia and Exercise: Two Methods of Weight Loss
There are many methods for losing weight. People lose weight by dieting, joining a gym, joining a kickboxing class, etc. People also try to lose weight in harmful ways by becoming bulimic or anorexic. Many people face serious consequences from the choice of trying to lose weight by starving themselves. When considering methods for losing weight, exercise should be considered over anorexia because it is a healthier and safer method. Harriet Brown(n.d.) said, “Between 10 and 20 percent of people with anorexia die from heart attacks, other complications, and suicide; the disease has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Or Kitty could have lost her life in a different way, lost it to the roller coaster ride of relapse and recovery, inpatient and outpatient that eats up on average, five to seven years. Or a lifetime: only half of all anorexics recover in the end. The other half endures lives of dysfunction and despair. Friends and families give up on them. Doctors dread treating them. They are left to stand in the bakery with the voice ringing in their ears, alone in every way that matters.”(Retrieved from
Why Do People Become Anorexic?
Anorexia is a method of weight loss that is done by refusing to eat. It has been said that people who are anorexic do not eat and exercise excessively. Anorexia is mostly common in women and young girls. People who have low self-esteem and confidence try to lose weight from an eating disorder. According to Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria (2011), “Body image refers to how a person perceives, thinks and feels about their physical appearance. While a person’s appearance compasses only a small part of who they are and what they contribute to the world, body image too commonly represents a person’s greater sense of self-worth, whereby poor body image contributes directly to low self-esteem” (Retrieved from People with a distorted body image tend to lose weight by becoming anorexic. People who are anorexic have an intense fear of gaining weight. People can have a problem with his or her body image because of what society expects a person to look like. In a world where skinny models and actresses are idolized, people want to look like them. These images of how a teen and women are supposed look can put pressure on someone to lose weight. This pressure to lose weight can lead to several mental disorders.


Mental Disorders Caused by Anorexia
Anorexia can lead to several mental disorders. According to DeNoon (2011), “Anorexia is the most lethal psychiatric disorder, carrying a six fold increased risk of death – four times the death risk from