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Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia Nervosa
By: Keenan Vanderkooi
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Specified as an eating disorder, anorexia nervosa is a mental health
issue revolving around a person’s physical health and stature, which usually revolves around teenage girls. With the pressures from modern society on being skinny or fit, anorexia involves not only the obsession, but the self consciousness circulating around weight loss and appearance. Those with anorexia have an intense fear of weight gain, and therefore, in order to achieve their never ending wish to become skinny, intensely restrict their food intake. Unlike bulimia or binge eating, where a person constantly throws up the food which they had just eaten, anorexia nervosa associates with the element of starvation, which also makes the victim never content with their size no matter the results. Rarely, a subtype of this eating disorder may relate to bulimia, as purging may feel like their only option if they believe to have eaten too much. Anorexia nervosa can be very life threatening, and becomes a dominating force in their life.
Signs and Symptoms
Similar to many other mental health disorders, those with anorexia
nervosa will often deny their trouble or problem. This is because often, the victims do not believe their eating habits are different than normal due to the fact that they can not see themselves as content, or changing in size. Apart from this, physical signs of anorexia involve an obvious loss in weight. Also, a refusal to eat, a change in digesting habits, an obsession with diet and exercise, fainting or dizziness, and a constant feeling of coldness due to poor circulation are all signs of anorexia nervosa. Lastly, a difference in normal life habits and behaviour may also be relevant, as the strict focus on their weight and eating sometimes alters their other interests.
Prevention and Treatment
Since those with anorexia nervosa experience not only physical, but
emotional problems, there are many different options for treatment. A doctor or dietician may be of help physically, while a counsellor or social worker assist emotionally in order to not only help the patient realize their disorder, but mentally realize their actions. Both understanding and patience are a key factor in helping prevent anorexia, as its long term effects take time to get over, and empathy gives the victim trust. Finally, listening is the most important component of treatment, for the reason that once their problem is understood, consideration and compassion give them a hope for change.
School/Community Resources
-Bowmanville/Lakeride Hospitals
-Teachers
-Parents
-Bowmanville Youth Centre
-Selected Dieticians
-Selected Social Workers
-Various Counsellors
Data Representation
The following is a Canadian anorexia chart from the year 2009, and with society becoming ever more judgemental, these numbers have now risen.
Facts About Anorexia Nervosa
- One in 200 American women suffer
- Around 515,646 women were victims in 2009
- Sex ratio is 90% female, and 10% male
- 8-10 million people suffer with eating disorders worldwide
- Without treatment, up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die
- Anorexics tend to be perfectionists
- Anorexia also brings a history of trauma
- 80-90% of those with anorexia previously struggled with anxiety
- Those with anorexia may change their anger towards others onto themselves
Works Cited
1. "Anorexia Nervosa - Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment for Anorexia." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2013.
2. "Anorexia Nervosa." Roar! N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2013.
3. "Anorexia Nervosa." University of Maryland Medical Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2013.
4. "Anorexia Nervosa." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Jan. 2013. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.
5. youtube.com/watch?v=eu0aic-NnWU
Works Cited
1. "Anorexia Nervosa - Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment for Anorexia." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2013.
2."Anorexia Nervosa." Roar!. Web. 04 Dec. 2013.
3. "Anorexia Nervosa." University of Maryland Medical Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2013.
4. "Anorexia Nervosa." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Jan. 2013. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.
5. youtube.com/watch?v=eu0aic-NnWU
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