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Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa

"Anorexia nervosa" literally means a "‘loss of appetite for nervous reasons", but this definition is slightly misleading. The reality of Anorexia nervosa is the loss of ability of the sufferer to allow him or herself to satisy their appetite. By denying the body (both food and drink) its basal nutritional requirements, the sufferer can end up consuming way below what would be considered healthy and thus problems resulting from nutritional deficit can occur.

Compounding the problem of not eating anough food, the sufferer may carry out intensive exercise to burn of what is perceived as excess calories. People with the condition of Anorexia find that this food obsession is a way of feelings that they are in control of their body shape and weight.

Sustained periods of time without sufficient nutrition may not only damage the physical body, but after time will take its toll on the mentality of the sufferer. Inadequate nutrition will also lead to the brain being malnurished - this can lead to distorted and irrational thinking that may lead to further restrictions in diet. At it's worst, Anorexia may lead to full bodily malfunction and can lead to death.

Many people with this eating disorder will experience it to varying degrees, from mild control of diet to heavy restriction of normal nurtitional needs. The problem with this condition is that it can easily spiral out of control to the point at which very serious health problems occur.

Effects of Anorexia on the body (Anorexia symptoms)

Psychological signs of anorexia

Adapted from The Eating Disorder Association

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