Anorexia Nervosa

By: Amna Khan

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia is an emotional disorder that causes a desire to lose weight by a lack of food. Typically people with Anorexia have a fear of becoming overweight or obese. It is a general loss of interest in food and lack of appetite.

What are the effects of Anorexia?

Some effects are extreme weight loss, fatigue, dry skin, intolerance of cold and or dehydration. These are common effects of Anorexia. Many people avoid food courts, kitchens, restaurants and other places that might tempt them. They find other things to replace meals.

What causes Anorexia?

How many people are affected ?

According to national eating, approximately 30 million people are affected by Anorexia. That is more than the amount of autistic and schizophrenic people in the world. Many people start with a major depression and than the number increases vastly.

Personal Response

While I was researching, I learned many depressing facts. We have so many people in the world who hurt their selves both physically and emotionally , because of what other people might say. It hurts me to think about how many people die each year because of lack of food. I feel that if we as people weren't so judgmental on how other people look, Anorexia would never exist. I feel if we could as a whole unity end this problem many lives would be saved. I hope that in the future we can eliminate this problem as a whole. If we could just maybe instead of teasing people we could tell them their pretty instead or compliment them.

Has the Number of Anorexic people increased over the years?

Yes, in recent years studies show that anorexia has increased by 45% in the last 3 years.