Learning about Anorexia

Ni'Neshia Robinson

An·o·rex·i·a

A serious physical and emotional illness in which an abnormal fear of being fat leads to very poor eating habits and dangerous weight loss.

What are some symptoms of anorexia?

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Thin appearance
  • Constipation
  • Dry or yellowish skin
  • Intolerance of cold
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • fatigue
  • Swelling of arms or legs
  • dehydration
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Facts about anorexia:

  • Approximately 90-95% of anorexia sufferers are girls/women
  • Anorexia is one of the most common psychiatric diagnosis in young women
  • Between 5-20% of individuals struggling with anorexia will die.
  • Anorexia has one of the highest death rates of any mental health condition
  • Anorexia usually develops during puberty
  • A person with anorexia may develop particular eating rituals

What causes anorexia?

  • The exact causes of anorexia are unknown.
  • Children that have parents that are struggling with anorexia are most likely to develop anorexia also
  • There are psychological, environmental, and social factors that contribute to the development of anorexia
  • Some people with anorexia believe their life would be better if they were thinner
  • They tend to be perfectionist and overachievers

How common is anorexia?

The risk of developing an eating disorder is greater in:

  • actors
  • models
  • dancers
  • athletes
  • And/or in sports where appearance and/or weight are important, such as wrestling, boxing, gymnastics, and figure skating.

Are there steps to recovering from anorexia?

  1. Admit you have a problem
  2. tell someone
  3. Stay away from people, places and things that trigger the thoughts
  4. Seek professional help

counseling for anorexia

  • Counseling is crucial to anorexia treatment. I
  • ts goal is to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that fuel your eating disorder and replace them with healthier, less distorted beliefs.
  • important goal of counseling is to teach you how to deal with difficult emotions, relationship problems, and stress in a productive, etc.

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What is bulimia?

Bulimia is an eating disorder that involves bingeing on food followed by purging, can cause gum disease, osteoporosis, kidney disease, heart disease, and death. Bulimia affects mostly women and teens.

  • The main difference diagnoses is that anorexia is a syndrome of self-starvation involving significant weight loss of 15 percent or more of ideal body weight, whereas patients with bulimia are, by definition, at normal weight or above.

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