A Deadly Disorder Essay

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A Deadly Disorder Kidney failure, heart problems, spleen dysfunction, bone and muscle loss, and finally death, these are only a handful of the deadly effects associated with anorexia and bulimia. As Mim Udovitch states, “About one in 200 American women suffers from anorexia; two or three in 100 suffer from bulimia” (557). Through the combined works of Mim Udovitch and Lisa D. Galynker both sides of the eating disorder were described in detail. In “A Secret Society of the Starving” Udovitch keeps a tone of anti pro-ana (against pro-anorexia) throughout the entire story. She repeatedly talks about pro-ana websites and how ridiculous and nonsensical they are. Udovitch is very persuasive with her choices of words and personal interviews. …show more content…
She is a double major college student with a full-time job who is very talented in the arts. Each girl interviewed maintained a similar sad story, and each shared an interest in pro-ana websites. Udovitch describes the appearance of the girls who have been interviewed and how the disease has affected their medical stature. Each girl who had been interviewed had a bright future ahead of her, and most had led normal lives (except for their secret disorder). Udovitch also describes the effects that pro-ana websites have on girls. Although she states that the websites do not cause this disorder, she defines them as a place for encouragement of this behavior. Udovitch seems to have a desire to tell the world about pro-ana websites and how they affect girls with these diseases. She describes these websites as, “A way for them to connect with other girls and to basically talk about how special they are” (559). Udovitch’s outlook on pro-ana websites is not a very happy one, as she talks about them in a negative sense throughout her entire essay. In Lisa D. Galynker’s selection “Reading across Professions,” Galynker criticizes Udovitch by stating she is very biased and uncompassionate. Galynker tries to view the disorders from the girls’ point of view and feels sympathy for them. Even though she is a psychologist, she admits in her essay that “I found it hard to feel compassion-the bread and butter of my work-for the girls in the article” (565). She believes

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