What is Anorexia?
Anorexia is when you refuse to keep a healthy body weight, fear weight gain, and have a distorted body image. This disorder can affect men and women of all ages. You find it stressful to eat, are always obsessing about becoming thin, do extreme things to lose weight, and no matter how much weight you lose it never seems like it is enough.
Two Types of Anorexia
1. Restricting – You lose weight by following a drastic diet, fasting, and over exercising.
2. Purging – You vomit a lot intentionally or use laxatives and diuretics to lose weight.
What Stems Anorexia?
Many people think people develop anorexia because they want to lose weight. Even though this is true, other issues bring about the disorder such as depression, insecurity, the need to be perfect, or loneliness.
Signs of Anorexia
When people become anorexic, they try to hide their habits. Some signs that you have anorexia are listed below:
- You diet even though you are small
- You are constantly counting calories, fat, grams, and nutrition
- You pretend or lie about your eating habits
- You are always thinking about food
- You have weird food rituals
- You have lost a lot weight suddenly
- You feel fat when you are really underweight
- You are obsessed with your body image
- You are harsh when it comes to thoughts about your appearance
- You always deny being small
- You use diet pills, laxatives, or diuretics
- You throw up after you eat
- You over exercise
How to Recover
If you realize that you have anorexia it is important to go through the recovery process. The National Eating Disorders Association is available to help (1-800-931-2237).