By: Shayda K.
Warning Signs & Impact
- Dramatic weight loss.
- Refusal to eat certain foods, for example, against whole categories of food (no carbohydrates, etc.).
- Frequent comments about feeling “fat” or overweight despite weight loss.
- Anxiety about gaining weight or being “fat.”
- Denial of hunger
- Low blood pressure
- An abnormally slow heart rate
- Reduced bone density
- Muscle loss and weakness
- Dehydration, sometimes leading to kidney failure
- Dry and brittle hair and skin
- Messed up growth
Kristina was diagnosed with Anorexia when going to fifth grade. She had seen medical help three times weekly and went to counseling. Kristina got better going to middle school but during her middle school graduation started turning over to anorexia again. Slowly she would stop eating and push away her food. Her freshman year she was hospitalized due to her Anorexia. Kristina fights hard through her recovery and gets all the help she needed until she got better. She graduated Harvard with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Kristina now works at Stanford for college students with eating disorders.
Liana was diagnosed with Anorexia in the eighth grade. She tried getting all the help that she possibly could except people in school would criticize her. Liana stayed positive and always thought to herself words of wisdom that would keep her going on her recovery. Liana recovers after an year and is way better. She graduated Hofstra University with a education in history and education. Later she becomes a first grade teacher.
These girls show never to give up and always go in the right path. They are going far in life and did the right decision to get help.
A LIFE THREATENING EATING DISORDER
Females are more known to get Anorexia rather than men who can still get Anorexia. Scientists think that people get Anorexia based on their personality traits, behavior, and thinking patterns. Sometimes people who have Anorexia have gotten bullied about their size or traits.
To be diagnosed, the doctor will give an Physical Exam and medical history. At first, people with Anorexia try to deny that they're the way they are leading to interventions. During the interventions, family members and friends gather along and talk to the person with Anorexia telling them how much they enjoy them and like to have them in their life.
Anorexia like other disorders can get worse if not treated quickly.