Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Anorexia Nervosa - A Phobia of Food

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Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where the patient is called anorexic would be willing to not eat all day. Those who become anorexic are marked by refusal to eat as a strong incentive to be thin and a great fear of weight gain. And this led to the phobia of food, then they will narrow down to eat until the an extreme stage, even not eating for some days. In addition anti to food, an anorexic who is obsessed with being thin is even also doing an excessive physical exercise. Habit withstand hunger makes people with anorexia nervosa are accustomed to lose his appetite. Until the end, even though they lack food intake, but they are usually able to maintain body strength and running their daily activities like other normal people.

Many studies have found that 95% of people with anorexia nervosa is female. The majority of patients with anorexia nervosa are teen girls from middle-top class socioeconomic. While models and ballet dancers are an example of a profession that demands thinness body, it also triggers a woman to become an anorexic. In some countries, many opinions are growing that women are skinny and tall is a symbol of beauty, of course this is one of the theories in the world of modeling and entertainment world. And plus the wrong perception about diet, there are still many people who think that the diet is to eat less, of course it was very wrong. We must know that 10% of people with anorexia nervosa have experienced death.

Some of the physical effects that occur in patients with anorexia nervosa are:
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  • Drastic weight loss. In the first stage, usually the patient will lose 20% - 40% of their weight, and still will decline more extreme at a later stage. Of course I have explain that the drastic weight loss will have a negative impact on the health of the body.
  • Anorexic will experience dryness of skin and loss of skin elasticity.
  • Metabolic disorders, of course, if we lack nutrition, this will make the process of metabolism becomes chaotic.
  • The tongue will be dirty and the patient will experience a feeling of bitterness in the mouth.
  • For women, it will also cause disruption of the reproductive system, in which the patient will experience menstrual irregularities or called amenorrhoea, the cause is a lack of calories.
  • Other physical effects that will be experienced is the pulse is going slowly, the decreases of blood pressure, the hair becomes dry, nails become brittle, decreases the resistance to cold  (due to shortage of fat).
The patients with anorexia nervosa will also receive psychological harm such as short-tempered and irritable, feeling worthless, it is easy to feel guilty, not confidence, tend to lie to cover up their eating behavior, and loss of social interest to interact with other people. Typically an anorexic has strange habits such as frequent hand washing repeatedly, hiding their food, cutting the foods into small pieces, and they often throw away the foods while they were eating.

Of course today, you should begin to understand that being an anorexic is not good. If you are still thinking to be thin by means of instant, then it means you will only damage your own body. Only a healthy diet with regular exercise is the best way to get a healthy body in a natural way. If you are parents who have teenagers, especially girls, watch her ​​diet, because they are being anorexic, sometimes are the ones who do not get attention from their parents.


  1. I'm so happy I don't have an eating disorder. That would be terrible. I've seen some really sad looking folks who were rail thin and still thought they were fat. Many of them have died. What a shame.

    Have a terrific day. :)

    1. Yeah right, even when they already be thin, sometimes anorexic still thinking that they are fat. Therefore, if there are people around us, especially our families have an anorexic behavior, it becomes our duty to warn them.

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