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Anorexia Nervosa: anorexic people, what's on their mind?

What is Anorexia Nervosa?


plainly means a loss of appetite. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder with a psychological disturbance affecting mainly teenage girls or young adult women, as well as males. It is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight or being fat. Women with anorexia nervosa may lose their body weight up to one-third of it.

Just like some eating disorders, anorexia usually begins before or after puberty, however it can occur at any stage of life.

Characteristics, feelings and actions that Anorexic people have on their minds

Control are invented regarding how much food to eat and how much exercises should be done after eating certain amounts.

*Every young girls with this disease have an intense fear of gaining weight,

*A distorted body image or Seeing yourself as overweight ,when in fact your extremely underweight.


* Telling lies or Being secretive concerning food and not wanting to talk about her problems with eating or weight loss.

*They give a lot of excuses about why they are not eating.

*Pretending they have eaten earlier when in fact they haven't.

*Limit the food intake, such as food that contains fat, calories or sugar inorder to lose weight.

* Has low self -esteem

*Characterized by a sudden weight loss, a very skinny person

*A continued effort to lose weight

*Missed consecutive menstrual periods or what is called " amenorrhea".

*Those who suffer from anorexia always experience nausea, bloating, or constipation.

*Shrunken breasts

*People with anorexia also make themselves vomit after eating a bit of fatty or caloric foods.

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 What Causes Anorexia?

The causes of anorexia are unknown but one reason young girls are more vulnerable to eating disorders is their tendency to go on extreme diets to achieve their "ideal" figure. These individuals tend to have low self esteem, having anal character or simply called "perfectionist" and socially separate themselves. Some may also be peer pressure to lose weight, or offensive comments from others about weight that causes them to diet.


Treatment For Anorexia:

Anorexia nervosa is difficult to treat and can be critical.

The treatment for anorexia has always been hospitalization to bring back the average weight, at times followed by psychotherapy.

Some treatments includes;

*Mental Health counselling

*Group therapy

* Family therapy

* Feeding works to restore healthy body weight.

* Practicing a healthy diet and regular eating of right amounts of food.

* Should be consistent with your treatment and plan your meals

* Establishing a support system and take part in a foundation for help with stress and some emotional issues.

*As much as possible refrain from checking your appearance constantly

* Do not over exercise, just average.

* Drink 6 - 8 glasses of water daily

Treating anorexia nervosa affects the main lifestyle changes:

Although many men and women with eating disorders struggle after undergoing treatment, many of them are treated early in progress of their dilemma go on live a happy and healthy lives. The key to recovery lies in a person's enthusiasm to "crack" old habits and stay in a treatment program for anorexia long enough to rebuild healthy methods of eating and resolve any hidden emotional issues.

Anorexia nervosa is crucial, often chronic, and can lead to death if you don't do something about it.

It is a slow suicide business.

It is a decision that anybody can make at any speck of time in life.


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HopeDefender on October 14, 2013:

I enjoyed your to-the-point write up... Until I got to the closing sentence before you thank the reader. It sickened me to read "It is a decision that anybody can make at any speck of time in life." Anorexia is not a conscious decision people make. Of course there are some cases where people decide to quickly lose weight this way, but to make such an assumption about every case is ignorant. It's also damning to anyone who may be doing research for a loved one. That statement makes it seem as though the sufferer can easily choose to snap out of the hold this disease has. If you meant that someone can choose recovery at any point, then please rewrite it so this is clear.

H C Palting from East Coast on June 19, 2012:

As a figure skater, I've seen this in others. I've seen one girl so painfully thin that she broke her wrist when she fell while going less than 5 Mph. Your hub has some very good suggestions.

tonkin1 on May 18, 2011:

I'm glad to hear you overcame it, BobbiRant.Keep it up.

And thanks Jujanester for sharing the info.

BobbiRant from New York on April 27, 2011:

No longer anorexic. I got divorced and slowly regained my self-esteem and I joined a group for battered women. Many do need to be hospitalized but group therapy helped in my case. Thank you for asking, that's very kind.

jujanester (author) from Philippines on April 27, 2011:

...Oh Im sorry for that...Are you still anorexic until now? I mean are you doing something to regain your weight? or is it hard to eat a lot? Im just curious....

BobbiRant from New York on April 27, 2011:

As a young woman, I was anorexic for 15 years. My anorexia was the direct result of a very bad marriage to a bad man and feelings of low, low self-esteem. I felt unworthy of even the food I should have been eating. I suppose the cause is different for different people.

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