In this modern day and age, being thin is considered the greatest achievement a young woman can accomplish. However, on the quest to achieve such a goal, many find themselves veering off course through a dangerous road of eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa sometimes leads to medical and psychological complications such as suicide risk. I have not had a personal experience with anorexia nervosa, however, as a teen, I was exposed to friends who constantly pressured themselves to remain thin even though they already were. They constantly saw themselves as obese, which eventually led to severe consequences. In order to avoid weight gain, she would avoid eating anything all day except for dry salad and water.
My friend was at good health up until she took her diet a little too far. She only wanted to drop a few pounds before vacationing. However, by then her diet had transformed into an eating disorder. She gained an obsessive strive towards perfection and refused to maintain a body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for her age and height. She also had an extreme fear of gaining weight and would therefore starve herself. Because she has already fallen to anorexia nervosa, she has been placed in treatment therapy in order to teach her better body image views. Her therapy sessions are also making her aware of what underlying troubles are pressuring her to have disordered eating.
Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening eating disorder that continues to plague many young adolescents and adults in modern societies. It stems from social influences requiring individuals to have a particular body type. The media has set specific body images for young individuals to have. These body images are thought to be “perfect” which increases the pressure placed on the individuals. However, when the individual succumbs to this increased pressure, he/she is placing him/herself at risk of numerous medical and psychological complications.