Anorexia eating disorders, also referred to as Anorexia Nervosa, is severe and scarily common among females, especially adolescents.
Like Bulimia Nervosa, which many anorexics also suffer from, it is a psychological eating disorder.
Anorexics have a distorted view of their bodies and what they should look like, as far as weight is concerned.
Every day is a battle with their bodies, because in their minds they truly believe they are overweight or must avoid becoming overweight at all costs – paying the price through a rapid decline in their health as a result of self starvation, binging and purging.
However, knowledge of signs and symptoms of Anorexia can help you recognize potentially dangerous eating habits and thinking in yourself or a loved one. Signs Of Addiction
Damages of Anorexia Eating Disorders
The same as most eating disorders, Anorexia eating disorders often go untreated until the anorexic is in dire need of help and has already suffered or is at a high risk of suffering any of the following damages:
- Dental Erosion
- Hair thinning and loss
- Infertility and pregnancy complications
- Irregular heartbeat and risk of heart attacks
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of menstrual cycle
- Bruising easily
- Stunted growth
- Weak immune system
- Further decline in self image and mental health
- Failure of major organs
Overcoming Anorexia Eating Disorders
While Anorexia eating disorders are typically easily diagnosed, a diagnosis from a health care provider is required.
Below are a few steps in the recovery process that need to be taken by all Anorexics seeking true freedom of their destructive eating patterns:
- Admit to your eating problem and ask loved ones for their support.
- Educate yourself on healthy and unhealthy weight loss methods and discover your appropriate weight.
- Reach out to support groups, both online and local.
- Seek behavioral therapy, it will give you some insight into why you have become Anorexic and what thought patterns you need to work at changing.
- Find the best treatment facility for you.
- Keep a recovery journal and fill it with positive and affirming thoughts, write about what your eating disorders have taken you away from, why you want to recover, where you will be in 1,5,10 years time by going through recovery and “How” you will feel being free of this addiction.
- Talk to other people who have recovered from a eating disorder or someone is trying to recover themselves and help each other.
- Have something around you all the time, where you can see it that will remind you of why you want to recover.
- Set realistic goals for your treatment.
Anorexia eating disorders present a struggle in the Anorexics life both during and after treatment.
Because it is a psychological disorder it requires a change in the thought pattern in relation to body image to achieve a healthy body and lifestyle.
We talk about Recovery from Anorexia, but recovery has different meanings to whoever you talk to, for example:
- It could mean the end of all the Symptoms of their anorexia eating disorder, the starving, excessive exercising, bingeing, purging.
- For others Recovery is physical, getting rid of those physical symptoms such as fear, self hatred, guilt and all your negative voices.
Do you want to leave your eating disorder behind forever, well here are some reasons that just might help you do that.
- Feel happy and comfortable with how you look, feel comfortable in your own body.
- With my addiction to Bulimia it was like having a “Secret Life” and to rid myself of it was Total Freedom.
- To have energy again to do things that you once did or would Love to do.
- No more isolation, to have those feelings gone and to join the world psychologically, emotionally, and physically.
- Not to have your life ruled by the calories consumed, exercise performed, and times to purge.
- Most important to Have A Life Again and not live a life with self hatred, fear and sadness
- Admit to your eating problem, and ask loved ones for their support.
My problem was bulimia, I never knew the problem was so bad, my family never knew, actually very people did know, I did, and I knew I had to stop for my well being. Like Bulimia it can destroy your body and you need to understand how it can do that, and the damage it can do, I woke up, to just how much I was destroying myself, Yes I did have a problem and for my well being I had to stop, and You Can Too as I Did more in my book Overcoming Life’s Challenges
Recovery is possible and this includes for you.
It takes an enormous amount of persistence and courage, and be proud of yourself for doing it, remember it is possible and it is definitely worth it.
Anorexia Eating Disorders Quote By By Tracey Gold
Anorexia Eating Disorder Anorexia, you starve yourself. Bulimia, you binge and purge. You eat huge amounts of food until you’re sick and then you throw up. And anorexia, you just deny yourself. It’s about control.
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