Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia Nervosa / an-o-reks-see-uh ner-v-oh-sa / eating/mental disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted desire to be thin and "beautiful". As many as an estimated 3 in 100 people are diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. While most common in adolescent females, the male population is also affected with this illness. This disorder affects up to 24 million people of all ages and genders across the globe. It is a life-threatening condition where left untreated will result in death from starvation, heart failure, electrolyte imbalance, or suicide. The most primary sign of anorexia is severe or compulsive weight loss. Others include brittle nails, thinning hair, fatigue, insomnia, dry and/or yellow-ish skin, a cold intolerance, and the swelling of the arms or legs. Emotional signs could include a refusal to eat, food restrictions, a binge/purge episode, irritability, social withdrawal, and depression. There are several ways in which you can treat anorexia. Getting medical care in a severe situations where one is close to death is vital. Most of the time a tube will be inserted through your nose and into your stomach so that you're able to get the necessary electrolytes and nutrients your body needs to help restore it to a healthy weight. Clinics offer programs that specialize in the eating disorder that can extend over prolonged periods of time, or as long as you have to. Psycho Therapy is crucial in helping you overcome your eating disorder. Talking to someone who is there to listen and help guide you down the right path just might be the push you need to start recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with anorexia, speak with someone you trust or visit the National Eating Disorder site for more info at

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