How are the different dimensions of health impacted in sufferers of anorexia?Physical, emotional, and social dimensions.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Anorexia nervosa impacts the individual in many ways. From a emotional point of view, the idea that one "can never be too thin" helps to bring into light the lack of eating and the continual cycle of starvation that helps to enhance the anorexia within the individual.  While the condition is an "eating disorder," it reflects a deeper psychological and emotional predicament that has to be addressed.  I don't think that one can effectively diagnose anorexia without addressing something related to psychological or emotional well- being.  Some of the physical dimensions of the disease is an alarmingly intense thin appearance which will be amplified by the lack of nutrients in a diet because of a lack of eating.  If there is vomiting involved, there will be a level of gastrointestinal discomfort because of the acid involved and the induction of vomiting.  From a social point of view, anorexia is found in cultures where there is food abundance or presence.  At the same time, most anorexic cases seem to be present in a socially competitive setting that rewards, from a cultural point of view, the need to be "thin" and to potentially meet a standard of beauty that might not be entirely able to achieve.