With the high number of obese Americans these days you probably wouldn’t guess that the number of anorexic cases is on the rise as well. Unfortunately this is the case.
Generally, Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that mostly affects young women and teenage girls. While it is becoming more common in men, most reported cases are female. It is estimated that 0.5 to 3.7% of all females in the United States suffer from Anorexia at least once in their lives.
A big contributing factor to the disease is that Anorexics usually have an extremely warped senses of self-image. They continue to think of themselves as overweight even when they are too thin. Many people think that Anorexia is only a preoccupation over weight control and food, but it is actually much more than that.
Many individuals with Anorexia deal with their emotional problems by using food. They want to have more control over their lives and feel that if they can’t control what is happening in other areas of their lives that they can at least control their weight and how much food they consume. Most anorexics usually have high standards for themselves and feel that they need to prove this in order to be accepted. In order to be seen as perfect, they think that if they have strict control over their diets they can then achieve perfection.
If you look closely it is possible to notice some of the physical and emotional signs which indicate the onset of Anorexia. Aside from the drastic weight loss, some of the signs are: thinning or loss of hair, skin dryness, dehydration, brittle nails, fainting or dizzy spells, low blood pressure, missing of monthly period, and tiring extremely easy.
An individual suffering from Anorexia will begin to develop irregular eating habbits. This can affect the time of the day they are eating, and what they are doing with their food. Anorexics will always make sure that they are eating only healthy food, so if you notice a drastic change in an individuals diet try asking them why.
In order to recover from Anorexia it is important to detect and diagnosis the disease in it’s early stages. If you or someone you know has Anorexia please seek help from an Eating Disorder Treatment Center today.