What is Anorexia?
Anorexia is an eating disorder that's chracterized by distored body image with an intense fear of being overweight. People with anorexia have a perception that their body is abnormal and must take every control on losing weight. Individuals with anorexia will take extreme ways such as, restrict the amount of food, less calorie intake, misusing laxatives, diet supplements or try to excercise excesssively. Anorexia can be very difficult to overcome, but with correct treatment you can return to healthier eating habits and gain a better lifestyle. Now, reasearchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) suspect the possible risks of anorexia is genetic oriented. Scientist, Lori Zelster used mice and had them on strict diet. They discovered that there is a correlation of feeding behavior between humans and mice. Peer pressure and social stress cause the mice to reduce their calorie-intake upto 20-30%. Researchers found that the BDNF gene is associated with anorexia along with enviromental and social factors. Moneek Madra concluded that, "In the end, we achieved a model that closely replicates the factors that elicit anorexic behavior in humans."
I found this finding to be very essential because peer pressure and body image is a problem that any individual can have. Adolscents and teenagers go through immense pressure and many changes in their lives, it is important for parents to help make positive choices for a better and a healthy lifestyle. Social media and our surroundings influences young kids to acheive the perfect body image.