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Anorexia affects persons from 15 to 30 years, both sexs, but mostly in women, which represents 95% of total cases. Anorexic people don't food at all and are always worried of their weight and had a wrong perception of their bodies. This problem is cause by:
  • Biologics and genetics factors: after puberty, adolescents start to have more fat in their bodies and to prevent obesisy they begin to do diets.
  • Psicologic factors: these are persons with very low self-confidence, they are shy, obsesives and perfectionist.
  • Social and cultural factors: teenagers are under a lot of pressure because media shows them a strong relationship between thinness and succes and they want to adapt to that guidelines.

Profile of an anorexic person:
  • They don't recognize the illnes.
  • They are terrified of being fat.
  • They see themselves like fat persons even they are thin.
  • They lose their hair.
  • They cut the food in very small pieces.
  • They eat slowly.
  • They chew too many times.
  • They prefer small portions.
  • They hide the food.
  • They count the calories.
  • They do a lot of exercise.
  • They prefer to be alone, they became lonely persons.
  • In 40 to 45% of the cases, they are depresive.
  • They use baggie clothes.

Here are some anorexia nervosa statistics from various UK organisations, which were all obtained from their corresponding websites:

In the UK, 1 in 100 women aged between 15 and 30, suffers from anorexia. Reports show girls as young as five years of age have weight concerns, and think about going on a diet.

Approximately 11 people in 100,000 develop anorexia nervosa each year.
1-2 percent of young women are thought to be anorexic at any one time.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists:

Anorexia nervosa is most likely to strike during the mid-teenage years.
Anorexia affects approximately 1 in 150 fifteen-year-old females, and 1 in 1000 fifteen-year-old males.
Approximately 1 percent of 16 to 18 year olds have anorexia.
About 40 percent of people with anorexia recover completely.
Around 30 percent of anorexia sufferers continue to experience the illness long-term.
Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) Service:

Approximately 10 percent of cases of anorexia arise in men.
On average, anorexia occurs between the ages of 16 and 17.
The highest rates of anorexia are seen in female teenagers aged between 13 and 19, with 51 per 100,000 cases being seen each year.
Per year, 19 in 1000,000 females will have anorexia, while 2 per 100,000 males will have the disease.
Anorexia is also sometimes seen in older people.
Around 1 percent of schoolgirls and females have anorexia.
An identical twin has a 50 percent chance of developing anorexia if their twin has it.
A history of sexual abuse is seen in 3 out of 10 people with anorexia.
Around 5 percent of cases of anorexia will be fatal.
Currently, in developing countries and black communities, anorexia nervosa appears to be somewhat rare.
UK Parliament - Publications:

The following table shows the number of diagnosed and admitted cases of anorexia in NHS hospitals, England, from 1996-97 onwards. Please note these figures represent individual cases and not the actual number of patients (some patients will have had more than one admission).

What do you think about the problems of anorexia and bulimia in your country?
Argentia is the second country in the world with the higer level of anorexia cases. 1 teenager in 10 is anorexic.
Are there any campaigns to prevent anorexia and bulimia?
Yes, there are. For example, Anahí did one called If I can, you can too. She suffered from this problem 5 years and she could go through it so she used this to prevent and help people with anorexia. Another campaign was made by one french anorexic girl, Isabelle Caro, that took many photos of herself to show what anorexia can do to your body. Unfortunatly, she died on december 2010.
Does fashion encourage these problems?
Yes, fashion is also guilty of these problems. In TV we always see runways with skiny girls on it so we relate fashion, beauty and succes with being thin.
How many people die because of anorexia and bulimia every year? What can we do to stop it?
Between 5% and 10% of people with anorexia die. We can prevent this by having a healthy diet and accepting us the way we are.
Why is this kind of illnesses increasing?
Because of the increasing of publicity that shows "beautiful and succesful skiny models".
What are the consecuences of anorexia? Which is more common? Why?
They can have consecuences the rest of their lives, psicologic and phisics problems. The worst consecuence is death. They are common in the same way because they are very relate between them.
How many people suffer from Anorexia or Bulimia? How dangerous are these diseases?
We don't know a certain number but this are very common diseases and the number is increasing. They are very dangerous, take a look to the previous question.

Are anorexia and bullimia really important problems in San Juan?

We don't think so because San Juan is a small city but we have to prevent these diseases to continue like this.

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