What You Need to Know About Anorexia
Anorexia is normally considered the fashion disease as many young “wannabe” supermodels normally try to achieve the look expected from the media; a look that in many cases is unachievable by the majority of aspiring models. This unrealistic image of “maximum beauty” leads to many girls, women and in some cases men to control in an abusive and indiscriminately way their diet patterns without any medical supervision; the lack of vitamins and minerals, proteins and carbohydrates normally causes many health problems and in some cases death.
Facts about Anorexia
- Anorexia is an eating disorder – a self-imposed starvation.
- In many cases it is difficult to diagnose the disease in the early stages, when the odds to improve are much higher.
- People who suffer from “Anorexia Nervosa” believe they are doing the right thing and ignore recommendations from family, friends, doctors and even model schools.
- Nowadays, the age of girls suffering from Anorexia is normally between 14 and 20 but girls younger than 13 have been diagnosed in the last few years.
- Abnormal heart rate, low body temperature and lower blood pressure are normally present on people suffering from anorexia.
Signs of Anorexia
The symptoms and severity vary from person to person but the complications to the major organs are the common in all anorexic patients.
- Dramatic weight loss; this is normally achieved by eating as little as possible or by exercising excessively.
- Intense fear of becoming fat.
- Self-imposed vomiting (making yourself vomit on a regular basis)
- Bad breath and tooth decay caused by the acid in the vomit.
- Taking laxatives, diuretics and slimming pills
- Brittle skin.
- Lies about what they have eaten, weight lost or pretend they have already eating – missing meals on a daily basis.
- Frequent illness
- Social withdrawal.
- Regular consumption of diet or low calories fizzy drinks to avoid the starvation feeling and increase the short-term burst of energy.
How does Anorexia affect your health and well-being?
- Anorexia affects the major organs of your body (particularly the brain, heart, kidneys, skin and hormones)
- Hair loss.
- Lower blood pressure and pulse.
- Irregular breathing rates.
- Low self-esteem
- Poor memory.
- In extreme cases; death.
There are many treatments available and organisations that are willing to help with the recovery process. The most important thing is to know that Anorexia can be overcome with proper care.
The first step you need to take is to visit your doctor; a health professional is the best person to determine the stage or the disease and the medications needed; they should be tailored and administrated on an individual basis and based on the severity, age, mental state and needs of the patient.
Your doctor will arrange you to visit a psychologist to help you realise that the eating disorder is not helping you to look better; in fact it is destroying your health and appearance.
A nutritionist should also be consulted in combination with the psychologist to help you prepare a healthy eating plan.
Your doctor will monitor your well-being during the treatment; this will include checking your weight and progress with the specialist health professionals.
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