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10 Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

Jaclyn Hughes

In many ways, the time we live in can be viewed as the pinnacle of man. Our technology is at its peak; men and women the world over are living longer; and every day, new cures and ways to fight and battle diseases, disorders and infections are being discovered.

It seems that mankind is on a mission to bring the human race as far as it possibly can go, pushing the limits in an effort to change the world. But what about changing ourselves?

While our world has certainly progressed, we to as humans have progressed, pushing our bodies ever further and developing new standards of beauty, health, and normality. Though a world bent on excelling can be a wonderful and powerful thing, that same drive to excel, change and ‘be better’ can have devastating effects on men and women when their perceptions are askew and unattainable bars are set.

From television to movies; magazines and advertisements, it seems near impossible to walk out of your home without be inundated with images of thin, sexy, muscular and seemingly happy men and women. In fact, this portrayal of what men and women are supposed to be like that it has caused, in and of itself, an entire industry, one of fitness and diet.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong trying to eat better and exercise more, there can be a fine line walked that only in modern times have we seen develop. So what’s on the other side of that line next to eating right and being fit? Anorexia Nervosa.

Anorexia nervosa, or just anorexia as we will refer to it for the rest of this article, is a very serious and potentially life-threading eating disorder in which the sufferer undergoes self-starvation in order to obtain excessive weight loss. Anorexia can be diagnosed when a person’s weight is at least 15% lower than the normal/ideal body weight (BMI).

The word anorexia literally translates to “loss-of-appetite,” however, this can be a little misleading. Very often, people who suffer from anorexia are very hungry, but the force themselves not to eat because they are fixated on a body image in which, no matter how thin they are; they still believe themselves to be overweight.

Doctors are not exactly sure what the cause of anorexia is, but it is believed to be a combination of many factors, including; certain personality traits, emotions, thinking patterns, as well as hereditary, biological and environmental factors.

Anorexia is classified as a disease, and much like the disease of addiction, it is a mental disorder that can have serious implications on the body. We all know that the body requires food to fuel us. However, when the body is being not only denied that food, but is being further compounded through exercise, then the results can be monumental, and potentially fatal.

While younger women are statistically at greater risk of suffering from anorexia, it is important to note that men to can be the victim. If you think you, or someone you know might be suffering from an eating disorder, it is imperative you speak to a healthcare professional immediately. And just in case you’re not sure, here are 10 of the most common signs and symptoms of anorexia.

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