Anorexia and forced starvation
By Danielle, Marie, Frederikke og Alexander

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is one of the three main eating disorders. The others are bulimia and forced overeating. On this website, we will concentrate on Anorexia Nervosa, which is the most common eating disorder.
In Denmark, 3-5% of the population is estimated to suffer from Anorexia Nervosa. It is mainly young women who get anorexia - however it is approx. 10% of the patients are male. Anorexia Nervosa is considered a serious and life threatening disease which often takes years to cure. However people who has suffered from the sickness will always have some sort of scars from it, whether it it psychological or physical.

The sickness is caused by the lack of ability to control your body weight in a reasonable way. Many people, especially young, suffer from this horrible disease. This sickness is only seen in the western part of the world. Sadly we at the same time we see millions of starving men, women and children, in many of the worlds poor countries. What people often think is that it is horrible that people starve themselves when there are people being forced to other places. At first you could feel heated against people who "chose" to starve, but the real question is rather we really should be just as sorry for them as for the people who don't have any food.

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Anorexia Nervosa

Article 1
The following article informs the public about causes of anorexia, the symptoms, how to diagnose Anorexia Nervosa, the treatment and possible complications.
It speaks of anorexia in general and about what can cause the decease and what the symptoms are. There are many things that cause the decease such as society’s obsessed view on female weight. They even list “being female” as a cause. Then comes the regular causes of it passing down in generations or feeling bad about yourself. Low self-esteem is the main cause!
Some of the behavior symptoms the article lists are cutting food into small pieces or restricting yourself from eating a certain amount of food. They also list getting blotchy or yellow skin or having a low blood pressure as symptoms.
The article then speaks of anorexia not being the first diagnosis made when you see a girl with a weight-problem. There have to be done tests in order to exclude the causes.
When a person is diagnosed with anorexia hospital treatment might be needed if the person has lost over 30% of his/hers ideal bodyweight, else the victim can be sent to a psychotherapist.
At the end the article we see lists of possible complications and we are informed when you should contact a doctor.

Article 2
This article informs the guardian's readers about the starvation in Africa.
The second article is about starvation in western Africa.
In western Africa people are being forced to eat leaves because they can’t afford the food. They’re even building ant hills just to collect the grain the ants get. It has gone so far that in Niger, the least developed country, that people are forced ti eat flour mixed with boiled wild plants in order to survive. Usually the hunger starts when it is summer and there's more heat. However it has come surprisingly early this year, which of course only is worse. The article reports of people standing out and saying it’ll be a great disaster if the crisis develops. It is not that the people don’t have food to buy, they just can’t afford it, and their livestock is vanishing due to their animals dying. Both the agency Oxfarm and the agency Save the Children have launched 7 million pound appeals to try to save the populations across West Africa from starvation.

These two articles are showing two very different disorders, Anorexia and starvation. The first article consist facts about Anorexia. The article is written in a easy language, and it describes causes, symptoms and treatment. The first first article makes logic appeal, and the article doesn't include any personal histories. It's written in a objective ponit of view.

The second article is about starvation, and it includes small historys about how it is to starve. The second article clearly makes a pathos appeal, because you feel sorry about the people who starve, but also include appeal to logos .

The difference between the two articles is that starvation isn't a mental disorder as anorexia is. Starvation is caused by poverty or drought, or maybe forces of nature. The body is in the same condition, but a person with anorexia is "choosing" not to, while peolpe who starve doesn't. You might say that the two problems are completely different - they just have the same result.