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  1. Introduction.
  2. Review of related literature.
  3. Analysis.
  4. Conclusion.

In a society that is becoming more commercialist and consumer-driven, it is inevitable that standards of beauty become the focus of many, especially women who are the general targets of many advertisements and products. It is because of the prevalence of the idea that ?thin is in? that many become anorexics and/or bulimics. Anorexia Nervosa is considered a serious mental illness, and is classified as an eating disorder under the American Psychiatric Society's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) and the World Health Organization's International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. It is generally characterized by very low body weight and the individual's idea that such body image should be maintained (Wikipedia 2008). As it is a disorder, society generally considers those with anorexia to be not normal, and should be admitted for treatment and/or rehabilitation.

[...] Although anorexia nervosa is usually associated with Western cultures, exposure to Western media is thought to have led to an increase in cases in non-Western countries. Although other cultures may not be as ?fat-phobic? as that in those in Western countries, certain societies still promote the idea of a certain ideal body shape through other means, such as the prevalence of weight loss pills and teas in Asian countries. An online search will reveal that many herbal weight loss remedies, as well as a host of other weight control products, are mainly produced in China, Thailand, and other South East Asian countries. [...]


[...] REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE From the DSM-IV-TR, a person is clinically diagnosed to have Anorexia Nervosa if the person displays (American Psychiatric Association 1994): 1. Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height, usually 15% less than the normal or expected body weight for that person's height and/or age Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming obese Negative ideas or perceptions on the ideas of one's body weight or shape, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight The absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles (amenorrhea), in women who have had their first menstrual period but have not yet gone through menopause Other eating related disorders. [...]


[...] The article also somehow lacks in further information on how anorexia can be destructive. Aside from mentioning weight loss as a negative effect, it has missed out on the other, more critical side negative effects of the illness, which are gastric problems, hypertension or hypotension, electrolyte imbalance, malnutrition, and dental problems. In future articles, follow ups may be done to find out how the readers have been affected by the article, and in what way the article has contributed to various groups of interest the pro-ana, the family and friends of the pro-ana, the potential anorexic, and even the common reader whose interest may have been spurred by the article. [...]

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