Anorexia is a very serious eating disorder that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible, in order to reestablish a healthy lifestyle and to prevent serious medical complications and health risks. Anorexia is not merely destructive to ones physical self and health but can also be mentally debilitating to the sufferer. This disease can take over the individuals' life and often depletes any self esteem that was once possessed by them. This disorder is more than a disorder it is more like a disease and an addiction all wrapped in one.

How does the Eating Disorder Anorexia Affect Someone:

Emotionally and Self Esteem- An eating disorder can be the root to a lot of changes in a person emotionally. The perception that someone with an disorder such as anorexia nervosa has of themselves is often poor. No matter how thin they are they often feel and in their mind see themselves as being obese and heavy. Even those who do not continue to see their selves as a larger person will still maintain this dis-functional pattern as a means to prevent what they fear most - which is being or being perceived as anything other than perfect.

Often these individuals will still hide behind larger clothes and you will often witness them attempting to remove themselves from public or social events. This is caused by their negative perception of themselves and can be aggravated and reinforced by comments made as to their appearance - even comments as to how thin they are. Depression is often a common suffrage of individuals with eating disorders as well as rapid mood swings.

Physically and Health - As with nearly any if not every eating disorder there can be serious consequences to the poor diet that an anorexic has. Heart complications are a serious matter as well as a poor immune system causing them to be more susceptible and increasing the seriousness of even minor afflictions such as colds. Due to the lack and or content of foods that are or are not consumed another physical impact is strength or better yet the lack of strength. Eating disorders of this nature will often entail serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are important for building and maintaining strength both in a physical and mental sense.

Here are some resources that can point you in the right direction and help you to find the right information and treatment for you or your loved one who suffers from anorexia.

N.E.D.A has a toll free hot-line that is available to families and individuals and provides information and referrals to programs and more that can help deal with eating disorders such as anorexia. Their number is: 1-800-931-2237

Radar Programs is another program whose focus is on providing help, treatment and information regarding any and all types of eating disorder treatment. You can make contact with them at 1-800-841-1515.

Definitely give them a call and find out what they can do to help you or your loved one start the recovery process and get back on the path to a healthy and non destructive life.

For more resources that may help lead you to the program or information that you are seeking you can also check out click on "Find Help" and then scroll to the bottom and click on "eating disorders". This will bring up an extensive list of centers that focus on anorexia nervosa disorders.

Anorexia does not have to rule you or your loved ones life and can be treated. There is no quick cure for eating disorders and treatment does take work, but your life and or the life of your loved one is worth it. Make a call today and start taking your life back.