[2015] Julia Fry: Anorexia Nervosa

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[2015] Julia Fry: Anorexia Nervosa

1. Admit you have a problem.2. Talk to someone.3. Stay away from people, places, or things that may trigger the obsession.Treatment (scroll)Medical- The first priority in anorexia treatment is addressing and stabilizing any serious health issues. Hospitalization may be necessary if you are dangerously malnourished or so distressed that you no longer want to live. You may also need to be hospitalized until you reach a less critical weight. Outpatient treatment is an option when you’re not in immediate medical danger.Nutritional- A second component of anorexia treatment is nutritional counseling. A nutritionist or dietician will teach you about healthy eating and proper nutrition. The nutritionist will also help you develop and follow meal plans that include enough calories to reach or maintain a normal, healthy weight.Counseling- Is crucial to anorexia treatment. Its goal is to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that fuel your eating disorder and replace them with healthier, less distorted beliefs. Another important goal of counseling is to teach you how to deal with difficult emotions, relationship problems, and stress in a productive, rather than a self-destructive, way.Tips for helping a person with anorexiaThink of yourself as an “outsider.” In other words, someone not suffering from anorexia. In this position, there isn’t a lot you can do to “solve” your loved one’s anorexia. It is ultimately the individual’s choice to decide when they are ready.Be a role model for healthy eating, exercising, and body image. Don’t make negative comments about your own body or anyone else’s.Take care of yourself. Seek advice from a health professional, even if your friend or family member won’t. And you can bring others—from peers to parents—into the circle of support.Don’t act like the food police. A person with anorexia needs compassion and support, not an authority figure standing over the table with a calorie counter.Avoid threats, scare tactics, angry outbursts, and put-downs. Bear in mind that anorexia is often a symptom of extreme emotional distress and develops out of an attempt to manage emotional pain, stress, and/or self-hate. Negative communication will only make it worse.


What is Anorexia Nervosa?Anorexia nervosa is a complex eating disorder with three key features such as refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image. 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. There are two types of anorexia. In the restricting type of anorexia, weight loss is achieved by restricting calories (following drastic diets, fasting, and exercising to excess). In the purging type of anorexia, weight loss is achieved by vomiting or using laxatives and diuretics.Real life account: http://www.theprojectheal.org/who-we-are/kristinas-story/

Signs and Symptoms (scroll)Dieting despite being thin – Following a severely restricted diet. Obsession with calories, fat grams, and nutrition – Reading food labels, measuring and weighing portions, keeping a food diary, reading diet books. Pretending to eat or lying about eating. Preoccupation with food – Constantly thinking about food. Cooking for others, collecting recipes, reading food magazines, or making meal plans while eating very little. Strange or secretive food rituals – Refusing to eat around others or in public places. Dramatic weight loss – Rapid, drastic weight loss with no medical cause. Feeling fat, despite being underweight – You may feel overweight in general or just “too fat” in certain places such as the stomach, hips, or thighs. Fixation on body image – Obsessed with weight, body shape, or clothing size. Frequent weigh-ins and concern over tiny fluctuations in weight. Harshly critical of appearance – Spending a lot of time in front of the mirror checking for flaws. Denial that you’re too thin – You may deny that your low body weight is a problem, while trying to conceal it .Using diet pills, laxatives, or diuretics – Abusing water pills, herbal appetite suppressants, prescription stimulants, ipecac syrup, and other drugs for weight loss. Throwing up after eating – Frequently disappearing after meals or going to the bathroom. May run the water to disguise sounds of vomiting or reappear smelling like mouthwash or mints. Compulsive exercising – Following a punishing exercise regimen aimed at burning calories. Working out extra hard after bingeing or eating something “bad.”

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Some of the physical effects of anorexia include:-Severe mood swings; depression-Lack of energy and weakness-Slowed thinking; poor memory-Dry, yellowish skin and brittle nails-Constipation and bloating-Tooth decay and gum damage-Dizziness, fainting, and headaches-Growth of fine hair all over the body and face

Effects of Anorexia Nervosa


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