Anorexia

By: Nicole Patti

What is anorexia?

Anorexia is an eating disorder that has to do with reduced appetite or act of avoiding food. This is a metal illness that is extremely hard for someone to control. The drive is to become thinner and have a very low weight. The individual continues to stay away from food often to a point close to starvation. This can easily become an obsession, similar to an addiction to a drug. Anorexia is very dangerous and can be life threatening.

About Anorexia

Symptoms

There are many symptoms of anorexia. Most often someone with this eating disorder will result in low weight, unhealthy appearance and a shrunken appearance to the face and other parts of the body. Some behavioral symptoms include refusing to eat, denial of hunger, lots of exercise, constantly dieting, flat mood, lying about foods that were eaten and skipping meals. All of these things can give off hints that someone may be battling with this type of disorder.

Causes of Anorexia

Many things can lead an individual in this direction. Something that can cause anorexia is reinforcing thin people as a stereotype. Another thing is the professions and careers that promote being thin and lots of weight loss. Another cause would be peer pressure to look thin and have a great body. Some other things may include genetics, nutritional deficiencies, and irregular hormone functions.
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Treatment

There are plenty of things out there that can get you help for this particular eating disorder. One things is getting medical help from what harm you may have caused your body from malnutrition. Another thing you could do is receive help from a therapist. They can teach you healthier coping skills and how to try and end this disorder. Lastly, you could get the nutrition you need in order to be healthy. This could bring you back to a normal and healthier weight.

Statistics and Facts

- Anorexia is the third most common long-term illness among teenagers

- Males make up about 10 to 15 percent of those who suffer from anorexia

- Teens and young adults between the ages of 12 and 26 make up 95 percent of those who have anorexia

- People with anorexia have a slower and sometimes an abnormal heart rate, low body temperature, and lower blood pressure

- Someone with this disorder will sometimes have soft, thin and unhealthy hair developed by a lack of essential vitamins and minerals lacking in the diet

- Anorexia can lead to kidney infections and kidney failure

- An estimated 4 out of 10 people afflicted with anorexia will make a full recovery

- Anorexia can cause the stomach to shrink and become much smaller all together

- 10 to 15 percent will die from the complications arising from anorexia

- People suffering from anorexia, even when very thin, will see a distorted image when looking in the mirror and will see a heavy person.