Anorexia Nervosa

I think it’s important to know that as we are all individual not everyone has the same symptoms, some people will have a mixture, some will have more symptoms and some less. 

The term ‘Anorexia Nervosa’ actually means ‘loss of appetite for nervous reasons’ however this can be confusing because in real terms you have lost the ability to let yourself fulfil your appetite. 

You are most likely restricting what you eat and drink, maybe you are going without food for long periods, vomiting after eating or taking laxatives. You may also be exercising to burn off what you think are extra calories. Food may be dominating your thoughts. Anorexia is a way of showing others that you are in control of your weight and shape. Although what is really happening is that Anorexia itself is in control! 

When your body does not get the right balance of nutrients chemical changes occur, these changes affect the brain and thinking becomes distorted stopping you from making rational decisions about food.  As the illness gets worse you will suffer from the exhaustion of starvation. If it is left untreated some people will die.

The effects of anorexia on your body
  In adults, extreme weight loss; in children and teenagers, poor or inadequate weight gain in relation to their growth or substantial weight loss.
  Constipation and abdominal pains
  Dizzy spells and feeling faint
  Bloated stomach, puffy face and ankles
  Downy hair on the body
  Hair loss  
  Poor blood circulation and feeling cold
  Dry, rough, or discoloured skin
  Loss of ‘periods’, loss of interest in sex
  Loss of bone mass and eventually osteoporosis (brittle bones), loss of finger and toe nails.

Psychological signs of anorexia
  Intense fear of gaining weight and obsessive interest in what others are eating
  Distorted perception of body shape or weight
  Denial of the existence of a problem
  Changes in personality and mood swings
  Becoming aware of an ‘inner voice’ that challenges your views on eating and exercise

Behavioural signs in anorexia
  Rigid or obsessional behaviour attached to eating, such as cutting food into tiny pieces
  Mood swings
  Restlessness and hyperactivity
  Wearing big baggy clothes
  Vomiting; taking laxatives