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The mayo clinic has identified certain factors which increase the risk of anorexia:
A young age.
Family history - having a first degree relative with anorexia.
Transitions such as a new school, home or job.
Sports, work and artistic activities such as ballet, or gymnastics.
Media and society - unrealistic social values displayed in fashion. ...Read more
By not eating: It is a type of eating disorder where patients are obsessed by weight and have dysmoprhic body syndrome (think you look fat even though your body mass index is <20 and you look like a prison camp survivor). Many abuse diuretics and laxatives and exercise compulsively. This is a serious psychiatric problem that can lead to severe medical complications and death. ...Read more
Very Impt Question!: Learn about eds & seek expert help determining whether u have an ed. 4 expert, check the "get help" pg of website of the natl assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders: http://bit. Ly/16crmyh. Call their helpline: (630) 577-1330. Email them: anadhelp@anad. Org. One ed, anorexia nervosa=the most fatal mental disorder: about 10% w/anorexia die from suicide/starvation/metabolic failure/other. ...Read more
See a specialist: There are a lot of specialists in anorexia. They can work with you from a variety of perspectives like behavior therapy and/or cognitive therapy. Reading is also valuable. There are great books out there on anorexia and learning to manage the disorder and behavior, like decoding anorexia: how breakthroughs in science offer hope for eating disorders. ...Read more
Low weight: A refusal to maintain a minimal body weight is key to the disorder (<85% of normal). Extreme fear of obesity and having a distorted and unrealistic view of the size and shape of their body is also noted in the diagnosis. Some anorexics restrict their food intake and exercise to excess to maintain or lose weight, while others binge and purge, or use other inappropriate compensatory measures. ...Read more
That is variable: Once metabolic rate has dropped it can allow more rapid weight gain when calories are increased. But many people with anorexia do not have rapid weight gain as they may resist other's attempts to take control over their weight. ...Read more
Celebrate, Prepare: Relapse is very common. This is part of what makes anorexia nervosa so so tough to treat. So consider planning what you'll do if you relapse. Imagine the life you want to keep building while planning ahead- planning what you can do when faced w/ challenges that could set you back. Check the website of natl assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders: http://bit. Ly/14wd5ib for help, resources. ...Read more
Sounds Dreamy! -NOT: Besides being 18 times more likely to die early compared with people of similar age in the general population, you get thinning bones, brittle hair and nails, dry and yellowish skin, fine hair all over your body, anemia and muscle wasting, severe constipation, low blood pressure, slowed breathing and pulse, heart damage, brain damage, feel cold and tired all the time and become infertile. ...Read more
Talk with her: Anorexics control their eating because they feel the control little else. Find out about eating disorder clinics and/or doctors/psychologists who can treat the illness in your town. Call them, find out what insurance she has and ask about sliding scale to get a good therapist if insurance doesn't work. Its worth it and will save her life. ...Read more
Yes: If a person with anorexia becomes severely malnourished, every organ in the body can be damaged, including the brain, heart and kidneys. This damage may not be fully reversible, even when the anorexia is under control. At its most severe, it can be fatal. Death may occur suddenly, even when someone is not severely underweight. This may result from abnormal heart rhythms or electrolyte disturbance. ...Read more
Call NEDA, Ask Q's: Speak w/someone re ur specific concerns @nat'l assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders (neda) helpline: (630) 577-1330. 4 educat'l info re eating disorders: neda website (http://bit. Ly/16crmyh) & website of eating disorders info network (http://myedin. Org). Signs include: poor body image; probs enjoying food; eating/exercise habits; trouble expressing emotions; moodiness; self-harm. ...Read more
<85% normal body wt: There are four necessary criteria for anorexia nervosa: refusing to maintain above 85% normal body weight, fear of gaining weight or becoming fat despite being underweight, distorted perception of body weight or denial of seriousness of weight status, and absence of menstruation (after establishing menstruation) for 3 consecutive cycles. ...Read more
Encourage treatment: This is a very serious disorder, and encouraging medical, psychological and psychaitric evaluation and treatment follow up is very important. Supporting treatment compliance and not enabling maladaptive behaviors is also important. ...Read more
Food for thought: They eat food. That is an excellent question. With addictions like drugs or alcohol people are advised to stop use completely. Obviously that can not be done with food addictions. It is usually a struggle because the individual who has anorexia usually doesn't want someone to take control of them and they usually don't want to gain weight. Many need to gain weight to become healthier. ...Read more
Learn About Anorexia: You might best help her/him by learning about eating disorders & seek expert help/support 4 you. Check "get help" page of website of the national assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders (anad): http://bit. Ly/16crmyh. Call their helpline: (630) 577-1330. The eating disorders information network (edin) also has very helpful resources: http://myedin. Org. ...Read more