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An Unusual Psychological Disorder Associated to Weight Loss Journey

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Psychological Disorder Associated to Weight Loss Journey

Today’s world is highly concerned about weight control and more and more people are adopting various methods to get relief from their extra pounds.

During this weight loss journey few persons get addicted to the strict formulae of those fat burning activities and fall prey of Anorexia Nervosa.

Let us have a look on :

What is Anorexia Nervosa and what are possible causes?

How is it developed?

How does an anorexic behave?

How far fatal is it?

How is the Anorexics be Treated?

What Practices to Follow to Avoid this syndrome?


What is Anorexia Nervosa and Possible Causes?

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder. People affected by the disease develop panic from having food. It is observed that the affected percentage is between 0.3-0.4 among young women and 0.1% among young men.

There are several hypothesis, actual reason is still unknown, however after observing the unusual food behavior various psychiatrists indicated some of the possible causes:

  1. Obsession with fat lose
  2. Obsession with self respect
  3. Obsession with appearance
  4. Exaggerated dieting
  5. Exaggerated physical exercises
  6. Emotional distress and mental instability
  7. Carrying low esteem and poor image

How is Anorexia Nervosa Developed?

Initially, persons become obedient followers of their dietitians or physical instructors and follow a stringent routine, gradually they are habituated to the atmosphere of a conservative lifestyle, everything is being seemed forbidden- not to eat this, not that much quantity, avoid to do this that etc.

Shading of few pounds makes them over-enthusiastic. Persons become adamant to shade more pound and gradually get into loop of stringent diets and gym system.

Since it is a disorder connected to biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors, their mental weakness makes them self centric and rigid. Their only aim becomes getting more weight reduction and they are never satisfied with their weight loss.

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How do Anorexics Behave?

Usually detecting anorexic patients becomes difficult unless they are observed closely.

  • They have tendency to isolate themselves from others.
  • They discuss mostly on foods, their calorific values, biological organs, various diseases.
  • They have tendency to show people that, “look, I am fit”.
  • They do not want to mix with people who are jovial and sporty.
  • They try to avoid any social parties or gatherings.
  • They are obsessed with their looks.
  • They are strict observant of food and habit of nit picking while having food.
  • They are never satisfied with their result of lost weight.

How far fatal is it?

If it is not early detected patients may fall prey of severe psychological disorder, entire normalcy is compromised and due to food phobia several diseases may attack. Fatality can be of any extent when psychological balance is compromised.

Certain findings can be acknowledged regarding the fatality aspects of Anorexia Nervosa:

  • Rate of deaths is around 5%.
  • Among suicidal deaths 20 to 40% are found from Anorexia Nervosa.
  • Among the various kinds of psychiatric disorders in adolescence it has the highest mortality rate.
  • Complete recovery is around 47% only.
  • Improvement is around 33% only.
  • Rest 20% become chronic patients.

How are Anorexics Treated?

First of all anorexic can’t be cured by self as it is self created, affected person does not realize his / her abnormalities, rather he / she thinks others are doing wrong and his / her activities are normal and healthy.

An early detection can be curable by friends and own people through making them social. Else clinical therapy is needed.

Since this disorder is related to psychological, biological and sociological aspects, therapy is arranged according to the aspect which acts as major influencer.

Usually therapy never tries to convince the patient that his / her behavior is wrong, rather therapy tries to dig into patient’s mind to know the cause or the aspect responsible for extreme behavior and deviate patient’s mind from the cause by encouraging and engaging patient’s mind to somewhere else.

Practices to Follow to Overcome This Syndrome

In your Weight loss journey the following thought process, I believe will definitely help.

Often people become confused between overweight and obesity, in addition they are obsessed with physical appearance.

Overweight is not at all a problem as long as you are active and able to participate in natural physical activities- dancing in parties and doing household tasks, climbing staircases, playing with children. If you enjoy eating and drinking, can laugh loudly, sleep well, have clear bowl movement, just not to worry about weight.

Obsession with physical appearance is one of the most baseless matters in today’s world. Yes, personality, behavior, way of presentation and overall carrying oneself does matter. World, today evaluates you with your inner values, skills and intellect.

Obesity is genuinely an issue but in today’s world if it is addressed properly under guidance of healthcare professionals, weight control can easily be attained.

So, it is better if a person

  • can leave thinking too much about one’s weight
  • not too much conscious about diet
  • embrace natural activities
  • keep passion in art and culture
  • keep passion in socializing
  • knows how to enjoy with others

and laugh loudly.



  1. PubMed
  2. S.E.E.D, UK


Facts and figures mentioned are as per personal experience and reading knowledge from several medical journals and articles. Author has given his personal opinion only and never suggests to substitute it with any recommendation given by professional experts.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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