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Transcript of Anorexia Nervosa
Extreme weight loss
Hair that thins/ falls out
Infrequency of menstruation
Refusing to eat
Lack of emotion
Not wanting to eat in public
Anorexia is an eating disorder that causes people to be obsessed with their weight and the foods they eat.
Causes of Anorexia
Low self esteem (coming from unresolved problems, neglect or abuse)
Obsessing over their weight
Pressure to be thin from society
Poor attitude towards stress
1. If there isn't a decent amount of food intake a person eats, it can cause brittle and fragile bones due to loss of tissue and lead to Osteoporosis.
2. When laxatives are used for a long period of time the bowel muscles are worn out and cannot function to the best of its ability.
Furthermore, laxatives might contain harsh/ toxic chemicals that can be reabsorbed into the body.
3. When the body is losing muscle mass it also loses heart muscle. The result is the heart getting smaller and more feeble. This produces heart attacks and heart damage at a high risk of occurrence.
4. Low potassium level can result in fatigue, abnormal heart rates, kidney damage and seizures. Low calcium level can cause muscle spasms.
5. Anorexia can lead to extremely low levels of vitamin B12. The bone marrow critically decreases the making of blood cells which can cause blood problems and can lead to a condition called pancytopenia.
Local Help Centers
87 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario
The Kyla Fox Therapy Centre
174 Bedford Road, Toronto, Ontario
SickKids Eating Disorders Program
555 University Ave, Toronto, Ontario
CAMH: Center for Addiction and Mental Health
250 College Street ,Toronto, Ontario
"69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape"
"Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment."
"95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.8"
How do you think the "ideal" body may influence people to eat a particular way?
I think that to society the "ideal" body would be skinny and skinny = pretty. We are constantly being bombarded by the media to look a certain way and because of this we most likely will fall into the pressure to have the "ideal" body.No one thinks "I have to be skinny so I must eat more". The media likes to brainwash us to think that if we want to achieve this we must cut down on certain foods, remove a food group from our diet,etc. and make adjustments to what we are consuming that may or may not be a healthy choice.
"47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures."
How does perceived body image connect to many eating disorders?
If one is content with one's own body than there are no thoughts of trying to improve one's self to look like what the media is trying to convince us (that skinny = pretty) because one has already accepted ones body. One can of course try to improve themselves in a healthy way to live a healthy lifestyle for their own benefits. If one is a perfectionist and has low self esteem and feels like they are not fitting into society because of their appearance they can change their looks by losing weight. Sometimes one may be so obsessed with their weight and appearance that maybe what starts off as a harmless diet will turn out to be an eating disorder that will harm them forever.
How to build healthier
Try not to criticize your body
Build your self esteem
Don't obsess over weight gain or loss
Don't compare yourself to others
Wear clothes that make you feel good about your body
Appreciate your body for the things it can do
Healthy Eating Habits
Always eat breakfast
Drink a lot of water
Eat small portions frequently
Eat less in the evening
Eat and chew your food slowly
How to live a healthy life
No more late night snacking
Get enough sleep
Try not to eat fried foods
Set achievable goals
"An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male."
"The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females"
"81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat "
End Of Presentation by: Tina Luong