Anorexia Nervosa often referred to simply as anorexia, is an eating disorder, characterized by low weight, food restriction, fear of gaining weight, and a strong desire to be thin. Many people with anorexia see themselves as overweight even though they are, in fact, underweight. They often deny that they have a problem with low weight. They weigh themselves frequently, eat small amounts, and only eat certain foods. Some exercise excessively, force themselves to vomit, or use laxatives to produce weight loss. Complications may include osteoporosis, infertility, and heart damage, among others. Women will often stop having menstrual periods.
Anorexia really isn’t about food. Trying to deal with emotional issues is an incredibly unhealthy and sometimes life-threatening way. You often equate thinness with self-worth when you have anorexia. Anorexia can take over your life, like other eating disorders, and can be very hard to overcome. But with therapy, you can get a stronger feeling of who you are, come back to a healthier diet.
What are the symptoms?
Starvation is associated with the physical signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa. Anorexia also involves emotional and behavioral issues involving unrealistic body weight perception and extreme fear of gaining weight or becoming fat.
It may be difficult to notice signs and symptoms because what is considered a low body weight is different for each person.
- Extreme weight loss or not making expected developmental weight gains
- Thin appearance
- Abnormal blood counts
- Dizziness or fainting
- Bluish discoloration of the fingers
- Hair that thins, breaks or falls out
- Absence of menstruation
- Constipation and abdominal pain
- Dry or yellowish skin
- Intolerance of cold
- Low blood pressure
Emotional signs and symptoms of anorexia may include:
- Trying to conceal weight by wearing baggy or loose clothing
- Avoiding eating around others
- Lie about the weight, and when and how much they’ve eaten
- Significant weight loss
- Food rituals
Sounds creepy, right? The statistics for AN is even worse.
AN has the largest mortality rate of any psychological disorder. The mortality rate is 11-12 times higher than in the general population and the risk of suicide is 56-fold higher. Half of the females with AN have a complete recovery, while an extra 20-30 percent may partly recover. Not all individuals with anorexia fully recover: about 20 percent develop anorexia nervosa as a chronic disorder.
I have never seen it with my eyes, but I can imagine myself in these people’s shoes. It is hard to be perfect when in your head you are not. I always heard from people I know- “you always look good for me/ us,” “we love you no matter what”. No matter what? What does it mean? Does it mean that I´m fat, but they love me anyway? Does it mean that I should eat less or stop to eat at all?
Thousand stupid questions that are the most important for you in this very moment killing your mind and you just decide to proof that you can be perfect. You stop to eat, you afraid of food, you become weak and when you understand that you are sick, it is too late. You can´t find the way back and afraid of asking help.
If you really stuck in this shit, don´t keep silence. Say it loud, admit that you are sick and ask for help. Like that you have a chance for proper treatment and support. And after all this nightmare you would probably think- “For fxxk sake, I should eat this cake as I live only once as there can be NO second chance.”