Anorexia eating disorders is characterized by continual refusal to eat foods or eating very little. The affected person wants to maintain a weight that is rather too low for their body constitution requirement. If affected, you almost always see yourself as fat, as overweight. So the idea is to burn off this imagined excess weight.
Girls and women are often the most affected. Sometimes in the quest to shed excess weight, perhaps to look like an admired model, they get into anorexia. Compliments from others and the excellent feeling of a shapely body would drive you to do more for an even better figure.
Part of the reason girls and women are mostly affected by anorexia eating disorder is the fact that they are the most to do Emotional Eating. Eating much when excited and eating little or nothing when upset. Of course, you also have male anorexia Male Anorexia and Anorexia in Boys. And did I mention Infant Anorexia?
Anorexia Nervosa Effects
If you are anorexic, you'll likely experience different kinds of Anorexia Nervosa Effects because of the starvation exercise.
Some of them are:
• Brain Fogginess
• Aches in the body
• Amenorrhea, that is, irregular menstruation
• Painful menstruation, if at all
• Irritability as a result of hunger
• Extreme skin dryness
• Hair brittleness
• Isolation and loss of good relationships
• Low productivity
• Heart problems, like irregular heartbeats and heart pains
• And more...
Coupled with these challenges is the fact that it is really difficult to accept you are in it. Like it happened to me, I was told I was getting anorexic by a friend but I didn't immediately accept to try to walk out of it. Instead, I got reasons to prove that I was only trying to shed some weight. Well, that's because, she pointed out the long term effects of anorexia eating disorders many of which you see at the anorexia-crisis point. I checked myself and felt I was okay and very far from experiencing what she described.
Because, an anorexic lifestyle is not celebrated in every circle and I didn't want to get "negative" inputs, I tried to keep my lifestyle secret, away from friends. But my hubby knew and was even part of it... And that was okay for me. While you could keep what you are doing secret, you can't keep the effects on your body away from public view for long.
Is there any way to hide frail looks? Is there any way to hide weakness? Is there any way to hide regular cold/flu attacks? Is there any way to hide headaches, irritability and poor performance? So, these effects began to manifest in me... And before I knew it, what my friend talked about caught up with me.
I was becoming almost a ghost of me at the time. Eating was now hard labor. Even when I very much needed to and wanted to. I desired sleep but couldn't sleep. That was my crisis point. God really helped me and I came out of the crisis. Yes, it was God's help because some people never come out of it. Some crisis result in anorexia death.
A rush to the hospital at this point may be good but requires that the M.D. understands that it is an anorexia crisis. This helps because, a proper examination would reveal that many parts of the system are running riot at the same time. Like when mine happened, the M.D. thought I had Malaria and prescribed drugs for that. He also gave me intravenous foods and drugs and that helped a great deal. My Anorexia Recovery was slow but sure.
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