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Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is characterized by fasting, dieting and exercising excessively. Those who suffer from AN are in constant fear of becoming fat and see themselves as being overweight; when in fact, they are grossly underweight and have an extremely distorted image of their body.

Who is Affected by Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia NervosaAnorexia Nervosa can affect nearly everyone; however, it occurs mostly in young females that range from middle school to high socioeconomic status. For women aged 15-24, the death rate from anorexia is 12 times higher than any other age group. Anorexia mostly affects those who are self-conscious and try to meet the standard that America has placed on young women to be thin as well as those who have nervous temperaments and uncontrollable anxieties.

What Are The Signs?

Signs of AN include hair loss, low body temperatures, extreme weight loss, low blood pressure, scratched knuckles and an interruption or loss of menstrual cycles. An extremely peculiar sign is that anorexic people care a great deal about food and collect cookbooks and recipes but have no interest in actually eating the food.

One out of every 100 women have anorexia and if left untreated, it can lead to serious problems, such as thyroid and heart problems, kidney stones and even stunted growth. Those who have anorexia may already have some type of mental problem to begin with; therefore, receiving proper mental and medical care is essential for recovery.

Effective Treatment

Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa is most effective when under the supervision of a medical doctor, who may recommend weight gain and psychological therapy. No matter how bad the damage both physical and emotional, it is never too late to seek help.

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