Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia Nervosa, or otherwise known as anorexia, is a type of eating disorder. A person with anorexia usually starts out dieting but them in becomes a sign of mastery and control. The person usually continues a cycle of restrictive eating, often fallowed by other behaviors such as excessive exercising or the overuse of diet pills that can cause a loss of appetite or they may use laxatives in order to reduce body weight, often to a point close to starvation in order to feel a sense of control over his or her body. This cycle becomes an obsession and is similar to an addiction. Approximately 95% of those affected by anorexia are female, most often teenage girls, but males can develop the disorder as well. It interferes with daily life by the person always thinking that they are overweight, all the time, they might not want to hang out with their friends and your friends might not want to hang out with you because you say that what they are doing is not good for them, you put them down.Causes-of-Anorexia.jpg
  • Weighing much less than is healthy or normal
  • Very afraid of gaining weight
  • Refuse to stay at a normal weight
  • They think they are overweight even when they are very thin
  • Obsess about food, weight or dieting
  • Strictly limit how much they eat
  • Exercise a lot, even when they are sick
  • Vomit or use laxatives or water pills to avoid weight gain

The first priority of treating anorexia is addressing an serious health issues and hospitalization may be necessary if the person is malnourished or they are so distressed that they no longer want to live. They might also need to be hospitalized until they reach a less critical weight. Outpatient treatment is an option when you’re not in immediate medical danger. A second step to recovery, of anorexia, is nutritional counseling. A nutritionist or dietitian will teach the person about healthy eating and proper nutrition. The nutritionist will also help develop and follow meal plans that help include enough calories to reach or maintain a normal, healthy weight. Counseling is the most important step to anorexia treatment. It is there to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that fuel the eating disorder and replace them with healthier beliefs. Another important goal of counseling is to teach you how to deal with difficult emotions, relationship problems, and stress in a productive, rather than a self-destructive, way.

  • With treatment only 60% of people will fully recover
  • About 20% make a partial recovery, they may be able to hold a job and maintain some relationships but remain very focused on food and weight and they may continue to abuse laxatives or diet pills
  • 20% stay dangerously underweight. They are seen frequently in emergency rooms, mental health clinics, inpatient hospital units, and eating disorder treatment programs
  • 1% – 5% of all female adolescents and young women are anorexic.
  • The average age of becoming anorexic is 17 and rarely diagnosed in older men and women
  • 40% – 60% of high school girls diet.
  • 50% of girls between the ages of 13 and 15 believe they are overweight
  • 80% of 13 year old girls have dieted
  • 40% of 9 year old girls dieted

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Word Bank
Dietitian: A person who is an expert in nutrition or dietetics
Malnourished: Affected by improper nutrition or an insufficient diet.
Nutritionist: A person who studies or is an expert in nutrition