Anorexia. Kimberly Rodriguez. Introduction. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder and mental health condition that can be life-threatening. . Eating disorders are psychological problems; an obsession with food and weight. Anorexia - Absence of appetite .
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder and mental health condition that can be life-threatening.
Eating disorders are psychological problems; an obsession with food and weight.
Anorexia - Absence of appetite.
15%-60% of body weight is lost.
Fear of gaining weight
Distorted image of their own weight or body shape
Eating as little as possible
Making yourself vomit
Bone density loss
Hormonal changes- reproductive, thyroid, stress, and growth hormones
Heart problems- abnormal heart rhythm
A traumatic life event
Pressures and stress at school-exams or bullying
Difficult family relationships
Physical or sexual abuse
Psychological treatment – talking to a therapist or counsellor
Advice about eating and nutrition to help you gain weight safely
Control your life and emotions.
Self-esteem is based completely on how much you weigh and how thin you are.
Viewing weight loss as a way to achieve happiness.
Becoming thin is all that matters; health is not a concern.
More likely than men to develop an eating disorder.
An estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent will have anorexia in their lifetime.
1 percent of teenagers have anorexia.
About 50 percent of people who have had anorexia develop bulimia or bulimic patterns.
• 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems.
“I started cutting out food”
Lost her appetite after a sickness bug at the age of 10.
She stopped eating so she would stop throwing up.
Diagnosed with anorexia at the age 12.
She pierced holes in the feeding tube that was keeping her alive.
2007 almost slipped into a coma.
Blood sugars were low
Relapse in 2008
“I would survive on water, Diet Coke and bits of lettuce and cucumber.” - McVacar