Identify Anorexia Nervosa
Edited by Olivia, Lynn, Eng
Loss of appetite is usually a symptom felt by an individual when he or she is ill. However, if the person seems to experience this every day as a result of how he or she sees themselves, then something else might be wrong.
How many times have you looked into the mirror to see a fat person? How many times have you asked your friends if you look fat and gotten a resounding no? Have you been so hard on yourself lately that you think you would look better if only you were thinner than you are now? Be wary about obsessing yourself into losing weight, for you might be experiencing anorexia nervosa.
Anorexia nervosa is a condition where you excessively fear weight gain. You see an overweight reflection in the mirror, even if you're not overweight. This eating disorder usually starts subtly. Most eating disorders start during puberty or teenage years, when peer pressure is high, but it can ensue at any age, before or after puberty.
What predisposes a person to develop anorexia nervosa?
- 2Too much anxiety.Advertisement
How will you recognize anorexia nervosa?
- 1Refusal to maintain a normal weight.Advertisement
- 3Altered self-perception.For instance, an individual may have experienced humiliation because of his weight. This experience may have had traumatized him, so much so that he makes it a point that he will not have the same experience again. He or she may have witnessed someone else being ridiculed because of their weight. Fearing for themselves, the thought of being ridiculed further supports the altered body image perception.
- 4Absence of monthly period.When a woman loses weight, the body copes. When the weight loss is excessive, the body will try to retain its integrity. As such, there will be less perspiration, fewer bowel movements, and scant or no menstruation.
In order to help you identify anorexia nervosa further, the following are the 10 warning signs  of this condition:
- Alopecia or hair loss
- Fixated fear of weight gain
- Body has excessive hair because of protein inadequacy
- Sensitivity to cold temperature
- Does not want to eat
- Need for continued weight loss
- Self starvation despite weight loss
- Amenorrhea or absence of menstrual period
- The need to exercise
- Inability to maintain normal weight
A person who experiences this disorder needs a lot of support and self-confirmation. When you recognize these symptoms, it is best to express concern not just to the individual, but but to his or her support system. Anorexia nervosa can be fatal if left untreated.