Anorexia Nervosa: Habituated to be THIN
July 30, 2009
Worldwide the concern for obesity is rising with an increase in the ways to fight it. Paradoxically however, another group is suffering from a problem that can be described exactly opposite to that of obesity –“Anorexia Nervosa”. The people suffering from anorexia are fanatical about their body weight, and shape along with food. In such an obsession they attempt and unfortunately succeed in maintaining a weight that maybe below the normal point for their height and age.
In certain severe cases the patient is perhaps skeletally thin and still harbors the thought that they are fat.
In order to avoid or stop weight gain or for continuing to lose weight the anorexic people would either workout excessively or starve or do both.
Though the disease Anorexia Nervosa axis around food, it is not only all about food. Anorexia can be described as an unhealthful method of trying to deal with emotional issues, a craving to control, and perfectionism. An anorexic often compares ones worth with ones thinness.
Anorexia Nervosa can be clinically described as a “psychiatric illness” that results in eating disorder distinguished by a tremendously low “body weight” and distorting “body image” with a compulsive fear of weight gain. Anorexic individuals will manage body weight by deliberate starvation, excess exercise, or following other paths such as diuretic drugs, or diet pills.
Although this is a condition primarily affecting pubescent women, a ten percent of male has also been found to be anorexic.
The disease can prove to be chronic and is most certainly hard to defeat. However, with a continuation in treatment the patient would gain an improved sense of ones existence and would achieve an improved self esteem would eventually help them in recovering their eating habits resulting in reversal of some of the severe complications of anorexia nervosa.
The term “Anorexia Nervosa” is recurrently reduced to “anorexia” in the regular media. However, that is technically incorrect, because “anorexia” separately refers to a medical condition of decreased appetite –which clearly is different from “Anorexia Nervosa” in being “non -psychiatric”.