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.

One-half to one percent of all females in the United States develop anorexia nervosa. Because more than 90 percent of all those who are affected are children, teens and young women, anorexia has been characterized as mostly a woman's illness. Anorexia Nervosa has a  4% mortality rate.

People with Anorexia usually exhibit signs that they are developing or struggling with this illness. These signs are: Depressed moods, Thoughts of suicide or attempted suicide, Refusal to eat, Preoccupation/Obsession with food, Social withdrawal, Denial of hunger, Skipping meals, Complaining about being fat.

People can get help for the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa by first admitting you have a problem and that you need help for it. You need to be willing to overcome your fear and listen and let the doctors help and treat you. Secondly, you should go to your doctor and talk to him or her about what is going on and draw up a treatment plan with them.

The treatments that exist to treat Anorexia Nervosa are psychotherapy (individual therapy), also getting put into an inpatient treatment facility in a hospital with 24/7 care for a period of time, or an outpatient treatment plan where you meet with your team of doctors weekly or monthly.  But, it has to be known that most of the time people do not have a perfect recovery and often relapse several times before being able to fight it on their own.

The resources available to help gain more knowledge and a better understanding about Anorexia are medical websites, books, and NEDA’s (national eating disorders association) website, and even talking to people who have recovered from this disease.

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