Thursday, January 19, 2012

Anorexia Nervosa - A Disease of the Modern Society

In simple term anorexia nervosa is self starvation. Anorexia Nervosa is a psychological condition that has physiological consequences, and this illness is quite dangerous because it can eventually lead to death through starvation.

Most of the anorexia patients are young women and teenage girls but there have been cases of both young and older men suffering from this illness too.

Anorexia is a Greek word meaning ‘loss of appetite.’ Anorexics are typically described as ‘walking skeletons,’ a graphic image that depicts the pallor and frailty of these struggling individuals.

Disordered eating behaviors associated with anorexia include unhealthy weight loss and weight control methods – such as severe calories restriction, food avoidance, or self starvation, as well as inappropriate compensatory behaviors such as excessive exercise, self induced vomiting or laxative abuse.

The illness often arises out of a complex mixture of many factors and they are all nervous problems such as too much pressure and stress. It is believed that those who had some problems with over-protective parents in childhood might suffer from eating disorders when they reach maturity.

Anorexia affects a person physically. The person afraid of getting fat so they avoid eating. The result is weight loss. At first, the drop in weight may not noticeable or look healthy. In short time, the weight loss becomes dramatic and threaten the person’s mental and physical health.

Although they are getting too thin they do not realize it and they still do anything they can to lose more weight. When asked to eat they will lie and say that they are not hungry. They refuse to eat enough to get adequate nutrition and they insist that there is fat on his or her body.

Anorexia nervosa throws families into confusion, living with someone with anorexia nervosa can be very difficult, as the sufferer’s behavior may seem to be deliberately provocative and selfish.
Anorexia Nervosa - A Disease of the Modern Society
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