What You Should Know
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that results in an inability to consume food. Most cases are present in females, but males are suffering from Anorexia Nervosa in larger numbers in recent years. The eating disorder is characterized by a slow or fast cessation of food consumption. Most often, people with anorexia nervosa exercise to extremes in order to see continued weight loss results.
Anorexia nervosa can lead to death so seeking medical attention is paramount in the healing process. Achieving a “skinny” weight is of the utmost importance and visual representations of a “skinny” body are often distorted.
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Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder. Recently, the disease has been characterized as part of body dysmorphic disorder as well. Body dysmorphic disorder is characterized by a visual distortion of perception. People think they are heavier than they are and often see a heavier person in the mirror.
Anorexia nervosa most often starts in teenage years, though it is not uncommon to fall into an eating disorder later in life. While young girls who are most susceptible to peer pressure and the need to be thin are affected by the disorder, males are increasingly suffering.
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an inability or refusal to eat food. Lack of food leads to starvation which results in being underweight and severe health problems. Everything is about control and patients are often seen measuring foods precisely and counting calories in order to stay within their perception of normal caloric intake. It is not uncommon for someone with anorexia nervosa to eat less than 500 calories a day.
Anorexia nervosa can lead to other eating disorders like binging, purging, bulimia or spitting. Binging and purging is the same as bulimia where a patient will eat until their stomach is so full that food comes back up with ease. Vomiting up the food eliminates the feelings of guilt for eating so much. Spitting is a rare condition where patients chew food as if to eat it and then spit it back out.
- Deterioration of muscle fibers.
- Inability to consume enough food for basic body functions.
- Liver, kidney and heart failure.
- Extreme weight loss.
Weight loss is achievable through healthy avenues with supplements, healthy eating and exercise. When calorie reduction is extreme, whether by choice or as part of a fad diet, anorexia nervosa can develop. Pro-anorexia supporters claim the condition is a choice that is healthy when maintained appropriately, but there are no medical supporters for this condition. Eating a proper amount of calories is required for basic body functions, repair and recovery. If those calories are withheld from the body, death can occur.