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Facts on Anorexia

Last Updated on Jan 13, 2018

Introduction

Anorexia nervosa a.k.a Anorexia is an eating disorder mainly characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body image.

The anorexic person's body doesn't get the required energy, that it usually needs from food and this slows down the normal function of the body, which in turn would affect the individual's health in many undesirable ways.

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Facts

  1. Anorexia is an eating disorder that is linked to mental illness, as the person struggles with body image, and also adopting unusual eating habits to change appearances.
  2. This eating disorder can be genetic or caused by psychological issues like coping skills, family trouble or social issues.
  3. Anorexia is more common among girls, and younger women when compared with boys, men, and some older women
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  1. Teenage girls between ages 13 and 19 and young women in their early 20's are considered to be at highest risk.
  2. Eating disorders such as that of anorexia can also occur in older women. In one study it was found that 13% of American women who had the disorder, were over 50.
  3. Some of the physical signs of anorexia are thinning hair, dry, flaky skin and cracked or broken nails.
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  1. Anorexia can cause anemia, lower blood pressure, shrunken organs and slow metabolism, which can lead to osteoporosis and irregular heartbeat.
  2. According to Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cultural beauty idols, close relatives who exhibit the behavior, trauma, stress, depression or personal genetics can lead to anorexia
  3. According to a peer-reviewed journal, Current Psychiatry Reports, it has been estimated that a total of about 1.2 percent of 15 years and older population has suffered from anorexia at some point in their life.
  4. No cure is currently available for anorexia. However, recovery can be made with well-rounded psychological treatment programs, where the person is made to understand the disorder and manage its symptoms.

References:

  1. Anorexia nervosa - (https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z- topics/anorexia-nervosa)
  2. Anorexia Nervosa Facts and Statistics - (https://americanaddictioncenters.org/anorexia-treatment/facts-statistics/)

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