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.
Causes of Anorexia
Statistics and Facts
- 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.