I am hungry to find a cure for self-starvation. Are you?
What actually is anorexia?
Doctors used to believe that anorexia was a conscious choice, and blamed anorexics for intentionally harming themselves, but soon realized that the root cause could be in the victim's genetics, personality type, hormones, brain chemistry--even their environment or society.
Anorexia affects an estimated 2.5 million people in the United States alone, and it has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
As much as 90 percent of anorexics are girls and young women which, in turn, makes three to ten percent of all women anorexic. However uncommon, males are also vulnerable to the disease and their percentage is also on the rise.
PSYCHOTHERAPY- a type of therapy to solve emotional problems, involving openly talking to a nonjudgmental, trained therapist.
NUTRITION COUNSELING- an ongoing process in which a health professional, usually a registered dietitian, works with an individual to assess his or her usual dietary intake and identify areas where change is needed.