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ANOREXIA NERVOSA

 

Anorexia (an-o-REK-see-uh) nervosa — often simply called anorexia — is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight.

symptoms include
fatigue

insomnia

dizziness

fainting

hair breakage and loss

thin appearance

abnormal blood count

absence of menstruation

dehydration

intolerance to cold

Anorexia isn’t really about food. It’s an extremely unhealthy and sometimes life-threatening way to try to cope with emotional problems. When you have anorexia, you often equate thinness with self-worth.

Anorexia, , can take over your life and can be very hard to overcome. But with treatment, you can gain a better sense of who you are, and reverse some of anorexia’s serious complications.

When to see a doctor
Unfortunately, many people with anorexia don’t want treatment, at least initially. Their desire to remain thin overrides concerns about their health. If you have a loved one you’re worried about, urge her or him to talk to a doctor.

If you’re experiencing any of the problems listed above, or if you think you may have an eating disorder, get help. If you’re hiding your anorexia from loved ones, try to find a person you trust to talk to about what’s going on.

 

DOREEN UNIQUE.

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