What is Anorexia?
Anorexia is a dangerous and severe eating disorder. Anorexia is a deep, intense fear of putting on weight. Anorexia results in excessive exercise and eating a much smaller amount of food. This can lead to starvation and not being able to sustain a minimum body weight that is regarded as being healthy for your age and height.
Anorexia involves your mind as well as your body. Anorexia usually begins with dieting, but then it gets way out of control. You start to think about food, dieting and weight all of the time. Every time you look in the mirror, you see someone who looks fat. This is true even though other people are telling you that you are way too thin.
Anorexia is a way of dealing with a desire for control, emotional problems and perfectionism that is very unhealthy. You may base your self-worth as a person on how thin you are.
USA Stats on Anorexia
In the United States, the problem of anorexia is much larger and far more serious than you may imagine. Anywhere from 5 to 10 million girls in the United States have severe eating disorders. 3 out of every 20 of these girls will die because of these eating disorders.
Anorexia affects 1% of all of the women in the United States. There are 500,000 deaths that are caused by eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia each year in this country.
Anorexia is a much larger problem for women than it is for men. 9 times out of 10, this disorder develops in women. Anorexia is also a problem for athletes and people who participate in activities where you must be thin and in perfect shape to reach maximum achievement.
Possible Causes and Symptoms of Anorexia
The specific cause of anorexia is not known. There may be a combination of things that are involved in the development of anorexia. Some of these are biological, psychological and sociocultural factors.
There are several risk factors that may increase your likelihood of getting anorexia. Some of these include weight that you have gained, reaching puberty, weight loss that is unintentional, being on a diet, the society and the media, activities that include sports, work and the arts and transitions that occur in your life.
Anorexia usually starts when you are a teenager. There are several physical signs and symptoms that may be an indication of anorexia. Some of these are:
- Irregular heart rhythms
- Abnormal blood counts
- Fainting or dizziness
- Extreme weight loss
- A thin appearance
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Getting dehydrated
There are also several emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms of anorexia. Some of these include:
- Denying that you are hungry
- Being preoccupied with food
- Having difficulty concentrating
- A flat mood or a lack of emotion
- Refusing to eat
- Excessive exercise
Danger signs: There are some danger signs to look for if you believe that your loved one has anorexia. Some of these are:
- Refusing to eat while cooking elaborate meals for others
- Weighing the food that they eat
- Wearing baggy or layered clothing
- Complaining about being fat
- Making excuses for not eating
- Skipping meals
- Weighing themselves repeatedly
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