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Find out if Your Weight Loss is Due to Anorexia Nervosa

As humans, no matter how wonderfully and fearfully we think God made us, we still feel that in one way or the other, we must fix something about our self. And, most who feel the need to lose weight fall into this category. Being determined to lose weight is a healthy decision if it is made as per the needs of a person’s metabolic demands. But if as it has been established in Models and run-way artists, being driven with a single agenda and strong desire of being thin then it takes another form of thought called anorexia.

When being thin and losing weight preoccupies your activities and takes over your eating habits, thoughts, and life, you may be having anorexia as an eating disorder. This condition usually makes an individual rank his or her desire to lose weight above any other important thing including life itself. It makes them see a distorted image of themselves in the mirror.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder that results in unhealthy, often dangerous weight loss. Although this condition is most common in adolescent women, it also affects women and men of all ages. Anorexia nervosa is majorly characterized by an individual’s refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image.

Any person with such a condition may go towards the extreme to ensure weight loss. Most of them only think about how to lose weight through dieting and selection of food throughout the day. They tend to prefer staying away from family and friends but no matter how thin they become, their desire to become even skinnier increases.

Some in this category go as far as starving themselves while at the same time exercising excessively. When forced to eat, they usually find their way through induced vomiting so as to get rid of the said food.

Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia

Dieting despite being thin

Following a severely restricted diet. Eating only certain low-calorie foods. Banning “bad” foods such as carbohydrates and fats.

Obsession with calories, fat grams, and nutrition

Reading food labels, measuring and weighing portions, keeping a food diary, reading diet books.

Pretending to eat or lying about eating

Hiding, playing with, or throwing away food to avoid eating. Making excuses to get out of meals (“I had a huge lunch” or “My stomach isn’t feeling good”).

Preoccupation with food

Constantly thinking about food. Cooking for others, collecting recipes, reading food magazines, or making meal plans while eating very little.

Strange or secretive food rituals

Refusing to eat around others or in public places. Eating in rigid, ritualistic ways (e.g. cutting food “just so,” chewing food and spitting it out, using a specific plate).

Dramatic weight loss

Rapid, drastic weight loss with no medical cause.

Feeling fat, despite being underweight

You may feel overweight in general or just “too fat” in certain places, such as the stomach, hips, or thighs.

Fixation on body image

Obsessed with weight, body shape, or clothing size. Frequent weigh-ins and concern over tiny fluctuations in weight.

Harshly critical of appearance

Spending a lot of time in front of the mirror checking for flaws. There’s always something to criticize. You’re never thin enough.

Denial that you’re too thin

You may deny that your low body weight is a problem while trying to conceal it (drinking a lot of water before being weighed, wearing baggy or oversized clothes).

Using diet pills, laxatives, or diuretics

Abusing water pills, herbal appetite suppressants, prescription stimulants, ipecac syrup, and other drugs for weight loss.

Throwing up after eating

Frequently disappearing after meals or going to the bathroom. May run the water to disguise sounds of vomiting or reappear smelling like mouthwash or mints.

Compulsive exercising

Following a punishing exercise regimen aimed at burning calories. Exercising through injuries, illness, and bad weather. Working out extra hard after bingeing or eating something “bad.”

Are you anorexic?

  • Do you feel fat even though people tell you-you’re not?
  • Are you terrified of gaining weight?
  • Do you lie about how much you eat or hide your eating habits from others?
  • Are your friends or family concerned about your weight loss, eating habits, or appearance?
  • Do you diet, compulsively exercise, or purge when you’re feeling overwhelmed or bad about yourself?
  • Do you feel powerful or in control when you go without food, over-exercise, or purge?
  • Do you base your self-worth on your weight or body size?

Effects of Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa
How Anorexia affects your body

In our next article, we shall tackle ways of preventing or treating such conditions. Please comment with your concerns below or hit us on Twitter or Facebook.

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