Women Dealing With Anorexia

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If you or someone you know is suffering from anorexia nervosa or you are just looking for more information about the disorder than this article is for you. Anorexia nervosa, more commonly referred to as anorexia, is a severe eating disorder that effects both men and women of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds. If you or someone you know is living with anorexia nervosa than continue reading this article to find out more. Throughout the article we will discuss what anorexia is as well as what causes it, the symptoms of anorexia, and where an individual can go to seek help for the disorder.

For many women, the degree of thin they are trying to achieve is simply not attainable through healthy means. Anorexia becomes an obsession, and the sufferer can no longer distinguish between appropriate thin and unhealthy thin. Despite how they actually look, when they look in the mirror they see where they could be thinner. They have a distorted view of themselves.

The anorexic person has a massive fear of becoming fat and to avoid it, she may go to any extent. This could start from doing excessive exercise, dieting, or abusing laxatives. Their main aim is to avoid the intake of food. They cannot concentrate on anything else as most of their time is spent on thinking about how much they should eat or what it should be so as not to put on weight.

Calorie consumption can vary but severely malnourished people need to begin with as little as 1500 calories per day (to avoid stomach pain and vomiting) and then progress to higher calorie consumption over time.People who are unable to eat have to be fed through tube or intravenously. Tube feeding has many disadvantages and some professionals believe that this method discourages people from normal eating in the future. Nevertheless for some patients it can be the only way to gain weight.

Treatment of anorexia nervosa can only be done with the help of family and friends, and it is hard to do because the ill person does not admit that he/she suffers from anything. But, before the treatment the disease must be discovered, and because anorexic people aren't aware of their condition a diagnose can only be put by someone else who realizes that someone close to him is anorexic. Remember that an anorexic will never come to a doctor alone so it's up to you to help. Therefore, you should know what are the symptoms of anorexia so that you can detect it and help whomever you discover to be suffering from it.

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa, reported that 5% to 10% of all the people with this illness have died in a period of 10 years after they acquired the disorder. Also up to 20% of anorexics will be dead after twenty years old. Just 30 to 40 percent recover from this disorder.There are many complications and side effects that a person with anorexia nervosa acquire, 20% of them will diet due to these complications, sometimes due to heart problems or even suicide.

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This article was published on 2010/10/16