By Spencer Rubottom

Background on Anorexia

Anorexia is an emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat. They get a distorted image of themselves and believe that they have become very fat and that anything they eat will make them get bigger and that they will be bullied and laughed at. The disorder is diagnosed when a person weighs at least 15% less than his or her normal/ideal body weight

Signs of Anorexia

The patient with the disorder will begin wearing baggy clothes to cover up the fact that they have become very thin and have experienced rapid weight loss. Fine, downy hair growing on the face and arms can start to appear on the person. They might begin getting mood swings, getting dizzy easily and become very anxious of someone finding out.

Symptoms of Anorexia

The person with the disorder will start to lose weight very quickly, and be very tired from not having any nourishment. They will also start to have tooth decay and their skin will become very loose and dry from the lack of food and the vomiting. The patient can also get anemia, heart palpitations, and bone loss.