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Anorexia

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Definition: An eating disorder characterized by abnormally low body weight, fear of gaining weight, and a distorted perception of body weight

 

Symptoms

  • Physical
    • Extreme weight loss
    • Abnormal blood counts
    • Fatigue/Insomnia
    • Low blood pressure
    • Swelling of arms or legs
  • Emotional/behavioral
    • Severely restricting food intake – dieting, fasting
    • Self-induced vomiting to get rid of the food
    • Fear of gaining weight
    • Social withdrawal
    • Refusal to eat

 

Statistics

  • 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.

 

Sources

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorexia/home/ovc-20179508

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/anorexia-nervosa

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorexia/symptoms-causes/dxc-20179513

http://www.caringonline.com/supplements-for-eating-disorder-recovery/

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