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Wasting Away..Anorexia Nervosa
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Anorexia nervosa..a horrible plight,
A plight many young people fight.
Literally, starving themselves to death,
Literally dying as they gasp their last breath.

It all starts from seeing skinny people on tv,
And this is how they want to look or want to be.
Or someone calls them fat, says to lose weight;
And pretty soon, their self image they start to hate.

They start exercising, and eating very little of food;
Not taking care of themselves like they should.
They rob their body of proper nutrients and stuff;
But in their mind, they've eaten more than enough.

They go in cycles, eating much or nothing at all;
Then their emotions take a terrifying downfall.
Forcing to vomit the food they have already eaten,
Until they look like skeletons or they feel beaten.

Yet, in their minds, they are still "way too fat",
And many families cannot cope with that.
They know their loved ones need help..and fast,
And they fear that their loved one's life won't last.

They see their behavior is spinning out of control,
And it eats to the very bottom of their souls.
They want to help, but are often met with a fight,
Many people don't seem to understand their plight.

But help MUST be given; too many people die;
And too many people just break down and cry.
But it is society's fault; they say "Thin is in",
But all it's doing is destroying fragile lives within!

Anorexia Nervosa..it is a HUGE problem, especially among young people. Girls are twice more likely to be affected by this horrible malady than boys are (and it seems kids are suffering with it younger and younger). It is because of their being harrassed by teasing family members or classmates, or they see these skinny models, and this is how they want to look so they starve themselves, only endangering their young lives in the process. Anorexia has killed many people (Karen Carpenter as a very good example; she was only 32 when she died of heart failure brought on by the anorexia nervosa she had), and it will continue to do so until society wakes up and learns to accept people of ALL SIZES AND SHAPES, not just the skinny or thin people!!

Anorexia Nervosa is a problem that MUST be dealt with..NOW!!!!

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Reviewed by Faye Enno (Reader) 12/6/2002
Thanks for this.
Outstanding write!
Reviewed by Angels Near 12/6/2002
Very true and you described the condition/illness very well...it's very sad that our society depicts such perfection that is impossible to achieve. Excellent topic that needs more attention...10+++
Reviewed by Kacie Rahm 12/5/2002
great, great, my friend was anorexic and it hurt me worse than her i THINK!
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 12/5/2002
Sad but true. People who suffer from this often wear extra clothing to "pad" their thinness so their family won't notice. It's a scary condition. Great write on this!
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 12/5/2002
You done well my friend
I have no photo in de mail?
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/5/2002
after losing alot of weight myself.....i know what this is all about.....i am not sick..but those words of hurt that people can say to you without thinking..like "you Fatty"or because you so fat you can't do this or that.....made me lose 40kg of weight...now I am okay on the same weight fot about 7 years now......look good feel young....and my back problems are better...
and thank God i realized in time to stop......before it was too late.....i got a shock of my life when I saw a picture of myself and thought it was my mom from the grave who came to visit me.....so i did pick up some 6kg and look the way i do on my picture with my son brian...
Love Tinka
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 12/4/2002
Karen ... this was a very informativie article. I read every word! This the first article that I have stopped to take the time to read on this disease. Thanks to you, I am much better informed now. Hugs Bill xox
Reviewed by Jack Roberts 12/4/2002
Karen you do this very well.
Jack
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/4/2002
Such a sad condition, I learned from my cousin what it could do, she's no longer anorexic praise God, but for a while she was, you did well in deciding to write this!
Hugz
Yoyr Friend
~Michelle~
Reviewed by jude forese 12/4/2002
well stated!!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/4/2002
Karen this is an excellent write on the subject, and you hit all the buttons!
Reviewed by The Voice (Reader) 12/4/2002
Karen,
Awesome piece. I wish people could see beauty through God's eyes. Then they would realize that they do not have to do this.

Hugs Always,
The Voice
Reviewed by Tien Avielle (Reader) 12/4/2002
excellent presentation, Karen...our society is too quick to criticize what they see with their eyes...unacceptable, this unaccepting attitude - we should be teaching children to accept the true beauty of themselves.
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 12/4/2002
A strong and well reasoned write.
Reviewed by Ed Lupinacci (Reader) 12/4/2002
Great write
must have been hard to do
bless you

Reviewed by richard poor 12/4/2002
i've known quite a few...good write
Reviewed by Trixie Love 12/4/2002
Hi Karen,
This is outstanding,
and deserves a standing applauds...

I have had to battle
this disease for many years...

I started at age of twenty with an eating
disorder...
It lasted until age thrity-seven....

I nearly died from this illness...
Yes, it started with
someone making a cruel
comment about my weight...
Which was 153 pounds
and I stand 5'4"...

I wish people would
really pay attention
to what they say to others...

For cruel words could actually lead up to someones death...

BRAVO!!!!

Hugs,
Trixie
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 12/4/2002
Yes indeed it is a horrible disease. I blame it all on peer pressure, tv, magazines etc all wanting women to look perfect…and we all know perfect is impossible and each of us are beautiful in our own way….Great write. Ty, Dani
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 12/4/2002
great message Karen. something that needs to be addressed often
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/4/2002
and i suffer from the opposite end of the spectrum...overweight! :) that's okay, i like me for me...although there are days i feel absolutely disgusting...what i call my "fat days"...not pretty. i *love* this poem, sad, courageous write. i hope someone is blessed by your words...(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Bourge 12/4/2002
you made the point well. nicely written.
-Charley-

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