Anorexia Nervosa

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Description

An eating disorder that causes people to obsess about their weight and what they eat. People suffering from Anorexia have a distorted body image and have an unwarranted fear of being overweight. This disorder primarily affects females; only 5% of patients are male. The onset is usually during adolescence or young adulthood, and it is seen primarily in middle-to-upper class white women. It is rarely seen in the lower socioeconomic levels.

Symptoms

Symptoms of anorexia include trying to maintain a below-normal weight often through starvation or too much exercise, and excessive weight loss. Anorexia nervosa sufferers maintain their extremely low weight in different ways. Some put severe restrictions on their calorie intake, while others exercise excessively. Often a binge and purge method is employed similar to those with bulimia. Excessive use of laxatives, induced vomiting, or diuretics are often used to reduce calories.

Treatments

Medical treatment may be required to restore normal weight. Talk therapy can help with self-esteem and behavioral changes.

Causes

The precise cause of anorexia nervosa isn’t known. Those who develop anorexia may have a negative self-image. They may be overly focused on being “perfect.” They may be looking for ways to control their lives. Other factors like biology, environment, and psychology are also believed to play a role.

Anorexia nervosa may have a genetic and hormonal component. There is evidence that suggests a link between anorexia and serotonin, a chemical produced in the brain.

Societal pressures to look thin may also contribute to the development of anorexia nervosa. The desire to be thin may be influenced by unrealistic body images portrayed in the media, especially magazines, film, and television.

People who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) might be more predisposed to anorexia nervosa. People with OCD are prone to obsessions and compulsions.

Underlying Emotions

Low self and body image, not feeling good enough, not feeling accepted. Having unrealistic standards, self loathing.

Diet

A well balanced diet, high in fiber. Consume fresh and raw vegetables and healthy protein foots.

Avoid sugar, processed and junk foods

Remedies

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