Want to have ideal body weight, but:
Not feeling hungry at all?
Lacking the desire to eat?
Having a decreased appetite?
Constantly worried about how 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 being or becoming fat, even when their body mass index (BMI) is already low.
They may also practice excessive exercise, use laxatives, and vomit to reduce weight.
What are some patterns I need to look out for?
Have low BMI but still perceive to be fat
Weigh yourself frequently
Eat extremely small amounts
Eat only certain foods
Anxiety & preoccupation around food
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 excessively alter their eating patterns which, if continued for a long time, can have lasting impacts on the entire nutritional system of the body, and may easily go out of the control of the patient requiring 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 food.
Complications also include osteoporosis, infertility, and heart damage, among others, women will often stop having a menstrual cycle.
How do I get myself treated for it?
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 are total support and care to prevent relapse.
There is no generalized care plan for treating anorexia. This 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 a recovery for Anorexia?
People with anorexia can recover. However, they’re at an 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.