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Do you think you are Anorexic as Others

By: Michael Sanford
There are many ways of which to obtain weight loss and some of these techniques are excessive exercise, intake of laxatives and not eating. Some people submit themselves to starving Ė this is what you call anorexia. These are the people who believe that they would be happier and most successful if they were thin. Anorexia is an eating disorder that usually begins in young people around the onset of puberty, mostly for teenage girls, but it can also appear to teenage boys and adult men and women. Typically, anorexic have extreme weight loss which is usually 15% below the personís normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight.

Generally, anorexic individuals have the intense fear of becoming fat thus pushing them to have their dieting habits particularly with adolescent girls. They continuously think that they are overweight even after they become extremely thin, very ill and near death. Anorexic often have a strange eating habit like refusing to eat in front of other people or preparing meals but refuse to eat any of it.

Anorexic people have many medical risks including mineral loss, low body temperature, irregular heartbeat, shrunken bones, permanent failure of normal growth, development of osteoporosis and bulimia nervosa. Other anorexic persons show many symptoms of anorexia while others donít. Symptoms include body that is inconsistent with age and build and height that is usually 15% below the normal weight. Other symptoms are loss of at least 3 consecutive menstrual periods for girls, not wanting or refusing to eat in public, anxiety, and shortness of breath, weakness, brittle skin, and obsessiveness about calorie intake. Other anorexic individuals continuously use laxatives without even knowing that the excessive use of the thing is harmful to their body. It wears out the bowel muscle thus causing it to decrease in function. These laxatives contain harsh substances that may be reabsorbed into the human system.

Since most anorexic individuals are women and with the fact that they are to be conceiving a child any time in their future and will be going through pregnancy stages, itís like youíre telling the anorexic women that she has to gain 100 pounds. Anorexic women will definitely have trouble conceiving a baby and carrying it to its full term. The irregular menstrual cycles and weak bones make it more difficult to conceive. Both you and the baby you are conceiving could be in danger you being underweight and donít eat proper variety of foods. Women with eating disorders such as anorexia have higher rates of miscarriages and the baby might be born prematurely thus putting them at risk for many medical problems. Particularly those anorexic pregnant women, they should always take proper pre-natal care such as taking pre-natal vitamins and having regular pre-natal visits. It is a good idea to enroll in a prenatal exercise class to be sure you are not overexerting yourself.

Generally, anorexic has a poor self-image, low self-esteem, loss of control and a yearning for a better body as they are obsessed with being thin. Anorexic individuals lose a lot of weight and terrified of gaining weight. They believe they are fat even though they are very thin. Therefore, they tend to starve themselves, avoiding high calorie foods and exercise constantly. Moreover, treating anorexic is difficult because people with anorexia believe that there is nothing wrong with them. Anorexic who are on their early stages of anorexia may be successfully treated without having to be admitted to the hospital. However, those anorexic who are with more serious conditions need care in the hospital and usually in a special unit of people with anorexia and bulimia. The patient often needs counseling so they can work on changing the feelings that are causing their eating problems. Most importantly, family and friends of anorexic individuals may help in making the patient feel safe, secure and comfortable with their illness.

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