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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa - Anorexia is an eating disorder involving food restriction and self-starvation. Patients with anorexia typically weigh 15 percent less than the normal healthy weight expected in relation to their height. Up to 15% of people with anorexia die from complications of the condition.
For people with anorexia, it really is true that one can never be too thin. Despite being dangerously underweight, anorexics see an obese person when they look in the mirror. What they donít see is the tremendous physical and emotional damage that self-starvation inflicts, so they continue to diet, fast, purge, and over-exercise.

Anorexia usually begins in young people around the onset of puberty and mainly affects adolescent girls. Individuals suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight. Anorexics have an intense fear of becoming obese. Their dieting habits develop from this fear. People with anorexia continue to think they are overweight even after they become extremely thin, are very ill or near death. Often they will develop strange eating habits such as refusing to eat in front of other people. Sometimes the individuals will prepare big meals for others while refusing to eat any of it.

A Family Member has an Eating Disorder

If you have a family member that struggles with an Eating Disorder, they need a lot of support. Suggest that your family member see an eating disorder expert. Be prepared for denial, resistance, and even anger. A doctor and/or a counselor can help them battle their eating disorder.

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