I am no pro when it comes to eating disorders, I have never experienced such eating disorders and so hopefully those who have or are currently going through this will share their experience, stories, and maybe give some helpful words of encouragement so that others do not go down the same road and/or can have a light at the end of the tunnel. I know eating disorders are serious, they are common within society and many people do not realize how dangerous they can be (life threatening), dealing with any disorder can be hell (to say the least), it can be exhausting, an obsession, mentally and physically ruin someone, and it can be scary all in one.  Many eating disorders start at a young age, and although we hear of women having eating disorders, men can have them as well. This is a topic they may hit close to home with some of you, and I hope that everything I share in this post about anorexia can make more people aware of the seriousness and how deadly this eating disorder can be. I realize most people probably know what this eating disorder in-tails but sometimes it is good to talk about things like this, especially when it happens more often than none and many times someone's life is taken because of it. For beginners, I will go over what "anorexia" means and then we will dive into the details.

 

Anorexia-  psychological and life threatening eating disorder defined by extremely low body weight, extreme weight loss, illogical fear of weight gain, and distorted perception of self-image and body.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Inadequate food intake leading to weight loss 
  • Intense fear of weight gain, obsession with weight, and persistent behavior to prevent weight gain
  • Self esteem overly related to body image
  • Inability to appreciate the severity of the situation 
  • Obsession of calories and fat contents of food
  • Engaging in ritualistic eating patterns (i.e cutting food into tiny little pieces)
  • Continued fixation with food
  • Amenorrhea: abnormal absence of menstruation 
  • Depression and/or lethargic 
  • Development of lanugo: soft fine hair that grows on face and body
  • reported sensation of feeling "cold"
  • loss or thinning of the hair
  • Avoidance of social functions
  • discoloration of the fingers
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • abnormal blood counts
  • thin appearance
  • constipation
  • dry or yellowish skin
  • irregular heart rhythms
  • low blood pressure
  • dehydration
  • osteoporosis
  • swelling of arms or legs
  • denial of hunger
  • refusal to eat
  • irritable 
  • reduced interest in sex
  • thoughts of suicide
  • lack of emotion
  • lying about how much food has been eaten
  • excessive exercise regimen

Health consequences:

  • Reduction of bone density
  • muscle loss and weakness
  • dry hair and skin
  • hair loss
  • severe dehydration
  • abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure
  • death

The causes seem to be unknown but there is speculation of what may be the cause of it.

 

More information: 

 

  • More common in females, but males can have this disorder
  • more common among young teens
  • genetics can play a part in someone being susceptible to anorexia
  • Family history- you are more susceptible to it if someone in your family has had it before you
  • weight changes can trigger it
  • sports, work and activities can be a cause for it
  • Media and society
  • has one of the highest death rates of any mental health conditions
  • between 5-20 percent of those struggling with anorexia will die.

Treatment: 

  • Hospitalization
  • medical care- to watch vital signs, etc
  • getting back to healthy weight
  • Psychotherapy

With this all being said, it is a very serious disorder and if you know someone who currently is going through this and/or you are someone who is currently going through this, just know we understand it is hard, that it seems impossible most days and that you don't enjoy it, you will get through this, you will stay strong and you will be the help and change that needs to happen in order for you to be as healthy as you need to be, allow your family and friends to be your support system and your biggest fans as they try to help you through it, if you are alone and have no support system, know that I am here if you need someone to count on, if you need someone to talk with or someone to cheer you on when you reach the finish line. For all those who have conquered this eating disorder, congrats! I hope you will share with others your triumph and help others with their battles if you can.  Thanks for reading.

 

Your fitness blogger,

 

Shay-lon xoxo