Anorexia and What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia and What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is a psychological and a life-threatening eating disorder that characterized by abnormally low weight. People with anorexia are obsessed with staying thin and they have an intense fear of becoming fat. They usually strictly restricted their food or refuse to eat. Even if they are very thin, they see themselves too fat.

Those struggling with anorexia may also practice excercise excessvely and they usually equate thinness with self-worth.

What Causes Anorexia?

Although it is thought to be related to food, actually it isn’t about food. The exact cause of anorexia is not known but some personal traits, emotions, biological or enviromental factors might be .

Biological: Some people are genetically prone to perfectionism. This trait can be associated with anorexia.

Psychological: Some people who have it may have obsessive personality traits and this can cause a person to follow strict diets even when they are hungry.

Enviromental: Society or culture pressures people to have thinner bodies. Self-worth often equated with being thin. Peer pressure may also lead to desire to be thin, especially among young girls. But still people of any age or sex can develop this eating disorder, mostly related to social pressures.

Signs and Symptoms Of Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa has physical, psychological and behavioral symptoms.

Physical Symptoms

Excessive weight loss
Abnormal blood counts
Lack of sexual interest
Difficulty sleeping
Feeling dizzy
Low blood pressure
Swelling of arms or legs
Hair loss
Stomach Pain

Behavioral Symptoms

Restrict food they eat
Skipping meals or refuse to eat
Making excuse for not to eat
Avoiding eating in public
Counting the calories in food
Social isolation

Psychological Symptoms

İntense fear of gaining weight or pursuit of thinnes
Distorted perception of body weight
Denying the problem
Low self-esteem and confidence


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