Anorexia History and Signs
Anorexia is a serious mental illness. It is characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight. Individuals who suffer from the condition often engage in dangerous eating habits such as borderline starvation, binge eating (over eating) and purging ( vomiting meals). Those with the disease also may exhibit excessive compulsive behaviours such as chronic dieting, extreme exercising, low food proportion consumption and constant self criticism.
The disorder usually affects teenage girls, adults and children. It can also effect men. Victims of the disease often hide their destructive behavior from friends and love ones. A person with anorexia may make a myriad of excuses to justify their inability to engage in healthy eating habits. The disease often goes unnoticed by love ones until it is dangerously out of control. Families must then force their love ones to seek medical attention which can be a daunting task.
What Causes Anorexia Nervosa
It is unclear what causes the condition known as anorexia. Mental health professionals believe the disease is triggered by a number of factors such as genetics, environmental conditions and physiological problems such as anxiety disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, perfectionism, body image and weight gain issues.
The condition can also be triggered by emotional or sexual abuse, peer pressure, death of a love one or social activities such as gymnastics sports, body building and modeling.
Signs of Anorexia
The signs of anorexia range from moderate to severe loss of weight and body mass. Individuals who suffer from anorexia often eat vegan meals, use large amounts of laxatives and water pills to clear their bowels, over eat then vomit meals, constantly check body weight, see themselves as overweight even though they are dangerously thin and never see themselves as good enough. They also suffer from severe ailments such as lack of menstrual cycle in women, hair loss, anemia, bone dysfunction, stomach problems, hypothermia, electrolyte imbalance, low blood pressure, insomnia, brittle nails, constipation, delayed puberty or slow growth, and heart failure and eventually death.
Victims with Anorexia
Individuals who suffer from anorexia often have a distorted view of themselves. They see malnutrition and self harm as the only solution to quelling weight gain. The victims never realize how destructive their eating habits have become to their overall health and well being. The desire to be perfect or to have a great body image is drastically compromised by their own emotional instability.
A person with the condition may turn to magazines of celebrities or social norms in media to justify their goal to achieve such a image. The desire to be perfect also leave those with anorexia in constant doubt about their future or life goals. This in term can lead to poor organizational skills, depression, a drop in school grades and lack of interest in curricular assignments and activities.
People who suffer from anorexia often criticized themselves wrongly. They become completely out of touch with reality. This leads them down a dangerous road that often becomes a silent killer when medical intervention is not improvised.
A number of individuals may exhibit risk factors in being diagnosed with the condition. These factors include being diagnosed with other eating disorders such as bulimia and purging. Teen girls and young women are at especially high risk of getting the disease and so are children with emotional problems as they try to fit into societal molds.
Low self-esteem is the primary cause of anorexia in young girls and women. One in every hundred Americans suffers from some form of a eating disorders according to healthcare officials.
Treating Anorexia Nervosa
There are several ways in which anorexia is treated. Medical professionals may prescribe prescription drugs such as Olazapine and Zyprexa to treat mood swings in people with the condition. This enables them to become less depress and less likely to engage in self destructive compulsive behavior.
Other options of treatment include psycho therapy, family therapy and the use of dietitians to enforce a normal diet.
Hospitalization may be required for those individuals who have a severe form of the disease. Feeding tubes and electrolytes is given to the patients to restore weight and physical health. A number of lab tests is also conducted to examine the extent of the illness.
A lot can be learned from those who suffer from anorexia nervosa.The art of stopping relapses from occurring, better awareness and warning signs can highlight what is needed to combat the illness. What is your thoughts on the issue?Please leave your feedback in the comment section below. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.
Theblogchick (author) from United States on July 15, 2020:
Thanks for commenting Liza. I appreciate your feedback.
Liza from USA on July 14, 2020:
I have read about anorexia, but fortunately, I don't have any experience or knowing anyone in my family or friends have it. It is a terrible thing that should happen to your loved ones. At this point, the mental health issue is crucial to people's surroundings. I hope whoever gets it, or if we knew anyone gets it, we should help them seek medical assistant. Thank you for sharing this topic, theblogchick.