Definition: An eating disorder characterized by abnormally low body weight, fear of gaining weight, and a distorted perception of body weight
- Extreme weight loss
- Abnormal blood counts
- Low blood pressure
- Swelling of arms or legs
- Severely restricting food intake – dieting, fasting
- Self-induced vomiting to get rid of the food
- Fear of gaining weight
- Social withdrawal
- Refusal to eat
- Anorexia is common: there are more than 200,000 cases in the US alone every year.
- Between 90 and 95 percent of people with anorexia are women and girls, and the condition usually arises in the early-mid teen years.
How to Feel Better
- Once anorexia becomes severe, it can take over someone’s life. Make sure to talk to a doctor or someone you trust, because there are so many people out there willing to help you.
- Remember that thinness ≠ self-worth
- Take appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements – potassium and zinc are particularly helpful for making you feel better.
- Don’t isolate yourself from your parents, friends, or people who care about you.
- Resist the urge to weigh yourself! You’re beautiful the way you are.