Anorexia Nervosa

MYTH: "Anyone who is really thin must have anorexia"

- There are many reasons someone might be very thin for example, genetics, drug use, illness, or some kinds of exercise.

- Signs that someone has anorexia include refusing to eat a healthy amount of food, being extremely invested in body image, being secretive about eating, and having a distorted sense of what he/she looks like.

-It is less about the idealistic dream of being skinny and more about the emotions involved in the process of disappearing. It is not about how one looks, but how one feels.

-You can be thin for all sorts of reasons: a virus that's made you throw up; a terminal illness; chain-smoking or using speed or cocaine; being a long-distance runner; being in mourning, etc.

-Wearing lots of layers of thick clothing on a warm summer's day, and seeming to think it normal. (You're never warm when you have anorexia; you dream of heat almost as desperately as you do of food)

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