Do you want to have ideal body weight, but:
- Not feeling hungry at all?
- Lacking the desire to eat?
- Having a decreased appetite?
- Constantly worried about the way you look?
Anorexia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders that is associated with abnormally low weight achieved by extreme dieting, fasting and followed by compulsive exercising. A person with anorexia will intentionally restrict their food intake, generally due to a fear of becoming fat, even when their body mass index (BMI) is already low.
They may also practice excessive exercising, use laxatives, and vomit to reduce weight.
What are some indicators I need to look out for concerning Anorexia?
- Low BMI but still perceive to be fat.
- Check weight frequently.
- Consumption is extremely small amounts.
- Eating only certain foods.
- Anxiety & preoccupation around food.
- Mood swings.
- Perpetual Fatigue.
- Highly distorted or negative body image.
- Dry skin and thinning of hair.
- Irregularities in the menstrual cycle.
This irrational fear invariably forces the patients to alter their eating patterns excessively which, if continued for a long time, can have a lasting impact on the entire nutritional system and may easily go out of the control of the patient, eventually leading to medical attention.
The easiest way to explain the development of anorexia is the automatic rejection of food by the digestive system after a prolonged denial of the same. Complications also include osteoporosis, infertility and heart damage among others. Additionally, women will often stop having menstrual cycles.
How do I get myself treated?
Although biological factors such as hormone imbalance and genetic heritage can contribute to this condition, the person’s stress levels also need to be monitored. Emotional distress may lead you to believe that losing weight and having an extremely thin physical appearance will help you feel better.
- Restore your healthy weight.
- Treat the psychological factors that may have caused this situation.
- Ensure there is total support and care to prevent relapse.
There is no generalized care plan to treat anorexia and this condition is usually treated using a combination of psychological therapy and supervised weight gain. Your primary care doctor and your dietician generally supervise your calorie needs and weight gain by providing specific meal plans while a mental health professional can work with you to develop behavioral strategies to help you return to a healthy weight.
Is there recovery from Anorexia?
Yes, people with anorexia can recover. However, they’re at increased risk of relapse during periods of high stress or during triggering situations. Ongoing therapy or periodic appointments during times of stress may help you stay healthy.