Anorexia Nervosa is a life threatening condition that can put a serious strain on many of the body’s organs and physiological resources. Weight loss is usually 15% below the person’s normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight.
Anorexia Nervosa is a life threatening condition that can put a serious strain on many of the body’s organs and physiological resources. Weight loss is usually 15% below the person’s normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight. Weight loss is obtained by many ways. Some of the common techniques used are excessive exercise, intake of laxatives and not eating.
Anorexia is a very common neuropsychological disorder that has a very high incidence in the young population. Anorexia is not just an eating disorder, it also involves many addictive behaviors and the development of various phobias related to food and being fat. Anorexics develop inaccurate perceptions of their physical appearance and they often see themselves as fat, regardless of how much they actually weigh.
Anorexia is a very complex disorder caused by multiple interrelated factors.
Treatment of anorexia varies depending on the individual circumstances. There is no one single line of treatment. The initial treatment for anorexia is usually focused on immediate weight gain, especially with those who have particularly serious conditions that requires hospitalisation.
I have been interested for a long time regarding what makes people change their beliefs, mindset, and attitudes towards things. I firmly believe that most eating disorders are caused by people’s wrong beliefs and attitudes towards themselves and others. Genetic predisposition also plays the role too.
While no one definite cause of anorexia has been established, research has shown that biological factors may play a significant role.
Researchers have found that there is a specific gene that seems to increase an individuals susceptibility to developing anorexia. Other research shows that a dysfunction in t hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates metabolic processes, may also contribute to the development of anorexia.
Signs of anorexia
- Eating very little
- Exercising obsessively
- Severe weight loss
- Being obsessed with weight and appearance
Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by unusual behaviors related to food consumption, the refuse of keeping a body weight appropriate to one’s physical build, age and sex, the development of obsessions regarding food and weight and a false perception of one’s body image. People with Anorexia Nervosa are always preoccupied with their physical appearance, carefully weighing their meals and counting the calories they consume.
Teens who suffer from anorexia are very good at covering up their symptoms. That’s why it’s necessary to know just what to look for when trying to be certain if someone is anorexic or not. Even when they’re confronted with proof, they’ll try to explain it away rather than admit to anything. In fact, they probably don’t understand that others see their appearance much more differently than they do when they face the mirror.
Eating disorders are dangerous illnesses that affect both physical and mental health. More and more people become the victims of eating disorders nowadays. A disturbing fact is that eating disorders such as anorexia (Anorexia Nervosa) and bulimia (Bulimia Nervosa) have high mortality rates. Around ten percent of people with anorexia die from starvation and malnourishment.
To get a proper treatment you should search for institutions with an Eating Disorders Intensive Counseling Treatment Program to treat these eating disorders. Some also offer Specialized Adolescent Eating Disorder Programs including help for their parents. In spite of all the treatment available there remain a small number, usually girls, who die from this condition despite energetic and expert treatment.