Self-Esteem

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In the United States, nearly thirty million men and women suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives (Prevalence vs. Funding, n.d). There are many factors that may explain why individuals fall prey to the deadly disease of an eating disorder, the most important of which is a lack of self-esteem. When an individual realizes his or her own worth, their life grows in a positive manner. If they never come to this conclusion, the individual is at risk of battling a life-threatening illness. If an individual raised the question to a fellow peer as to what self-esteem is, he or she might respond that self-esteem is simply feeling good about oneself. This definition is wrong. Although self-esteem is feeling good about oneself, it also involves mastering the skill of being able to handle to daily challenges of life while recognizing that one is worthy of happiness. Having an awareness of competence simply means that one has ability to think for oneself and to direct one’s own life. This includes an individual’s confidence in their ability to administer self-care and handle daily stressors or challenges (National Association for Self-Esteem [NASE], 2010). It is impossible to build one skill without the other. Both must be present in order to have positive self-esteem (NASE, 2010).
It was reported that “a sample of bulimic subjects were found to exhibit significantly lowers levels of self-esteem as compared to those not exhibiting bulimic behavior” (NASE (2), 2010). Many self-esteem issues can be linked with a childhood experience or a traumatic situation, such as being bullied. A woman struggling with an eating disorder may have been bullied when she was younger due to puberty and her body maturing from a girl to a woman. A lack of self-esteem can result in depression, suicide, eating disorders, school dropouts, alcohol abuse, teenage…...

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