Eating Disorders/ Symptoms- Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body weight. There are warning signs and also consequences for being Anorexic. The disorder affects more females than males between the ages 14-60, and the warning signs that are noticeable are sometimes deadly. Some of the warning signs to look for include dramatic weight loss, refusing to eat certain foods, denial of hunger, eating certain food, rearranging food, or eating it slowly. In addition, a person suffering from the condition may experience dehydration, dizziness, constipation, and or vomiting, fainting, fatigue, feeling cold, anxiety, and even in some cases delayed puberty or slow growth and irregular or cessation of menstruation.
Those who suffer from this eating disorder will experience an extreme change in their body, depending on how long they had the disorder. Some examples are dry skin, brittle nails, headache, sensitivity to cold, and depression. Extreme consequences for being an anorexic include slow heart rate, low blood pressure, muscle loss, weakness, reduction of the bone density, and serve dehydration.
Having Anorexia nervosa, like other eating disorders, can be extremely dangerous and even deadly if not found and treated before hand. About 90-95% of Anorexia Nervosa sufferers are girls and women. 5-20% individuals struggling with Anorexia Nervosa will die, but the disorder is treatable if caught ahead of time. There will be no lab test or images done to determine if you have the eating disorder, and there are about 200,00 known cases per year.
If you have a child suffering or if you are suffering yourself with this eating disorder, please call a good hotline, talk to your doctor, or tell your parents to get help from someone you trust. This is a serious disorder and people who go through it need to be helped.
Hotline for: Peachtree city, Ga Anorexic centers and programs.