Thursday, November 17, 2016

Starvation syndrome

Starvation syndrome refers to the psychological and physiological effects of starvation on a person's mind, body, and behavior.

Studies have shown that starvation influences behavior and reasoning for preoccupation with food to mood swings to social isolation. Grafinkel and Kaplan wrote that all the symptoms described in studies of starving people are also prominent in anorexia nervosa.

Many of the changes that take place in the thinking and behavior of a person with anorexia are due to the effects of starvation, or semi starvation.

According to ‘endorphin hypotheses’: the human body responds to starvation or semi-starvation by activating all kind of mechanisms to ensure survival. Among them is an increase in the secretion of endorphins, endogenous opiates ontogenetically designed to help the starving person to keep alert, active and looking for food.

Anorexia nervosa is self-starvation by fear of gaining weight and distorted perception of one’s bodily image. Self starvation syndrome is culturally reactive and is considered a historical product of affluence, modernization, and distress over personhood.
Starvation syndrome
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