Do you ever want to have a super slim figure by having an extreme diets? Do you ever think that you are fat whereas you’re slim enough, then you commit to stop eat in extreme amount? Figure it out and watch out, you may be have one of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.
Anorexia Nervosa is a complex eating disorder with three key features: refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image.
Because of your dread of becoming fat or disgust with how your body looks, eating and mealtimes may be very stressful. And yet, what you can and can’t eat is practically all you can think about.
Thoughts about dieting, food, and your body may take up most of your day—leaving little time for friends, family, and other activities you used to enjoy. Life becomes a relentless pursuit of thinness and going to extremes to lose weight. But no matter how skinny you become, it’s never enough.
While people with anorexia often deny having a problem, the truth is that anorexia is a serious and potentially deadly eating disorder. Fortunately, recovery is possible. With proper treatment and support, you or someone you care about can break anorexia’s self-destructive pattern and regain health and self-confidence.
Facts about anorexia nervosa:
- Anorexia nervosa occurs in 1% to 5% of the population.
- About 90% to 95% are females between ages 13 and 30. However, anorexia nervosa can also occur in males and people of all ages.
- Although anorexia nervosa is most common in the white upper and middle class, it occurs in people of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- People in certain occupations that emphasize leanness to improve performance and appearance are at increased risk for developing anorexia nervosa. These include dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters, runners, wrestlers, and models.
The difference between dieting and anorexia
Healthy dieting is an attempt to control weight.
Your self-esteem is based on more than just weight and body image.
You view weight loss as a way to improve your health and appearance.
Your goal is to lose weight in a healthy way.
Anorexia is an attempt to control your life and emotions.
Your self-esteem is based entirely on how much you weigh and how thin you are.
You view weight loss as a way to achieve happiness.
Becoming thin is all that matters; health is not a concern.