Anorexia Recovery Tips

Anorexia Recovery Tips

What is anorexia and what is the difference between anorexia and anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia is simply the loss of appetite regardless of the cause, while anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where an individual is completely obsessed with their weight and therefore starve themselves, exercise excessively or eat and then induce vomiting because of their intense fear of gaining weight. It normally starts in the teen years and is more common is teenage girls than in teenage boys.

The term Anorexia Nervosa is normally used interchangeably with anorexia to mean lack of appetite but this can be misleading since anorexia nervosa is more of an obsession to fasting.

Anorexia nervosa is both a physical and a mental disorder making the person suffering from it see themselves as overweight while they are clearly thin and malnourished. Anorexic people are dangerously obsessed with their weight and will either diet and exercise excessively or eat and the self-induce vomiting.

Though people with anorexia nervosa have extremely high levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, they simply ignore it.

If not treated early, this condition can be very harmful to the body and even lead to bone thinning.

Anorexia Symptoms


Some anorexia symptoms like low body weight, obsession with being thin, inappropriate eating habits and the fear of gaining weight are quite apparent. Below are more anorexic symptoms;

  • Deliberate self-starvation with weight  loss
  • Intense, obsessive, persistent fear of weight gain
  • Refusal to eat or a strict limit of how much food one takes
  • Continuous dieting
  • Excessive body/facial hair caused by inadequate protein in the diet
  • Compulsive exercise even when one is sick
  • Abnormal weight loss
  • Sensitivity to  cold
  • Absent or irregular menstruation
  • Hair loss
  • Less than normal weight
  • Refusal to stay at a normal weight.
  • Thinking one is overweight even when they are in fact very thin
  • Inducing vomiting or using laxatives or water pills to avoid weight gain.

What Causes Anorexia


To understand what causes anorexia, it is important to appreciate the fact that the condition is not only physical, but also emotional. It can therefore be triggered by social, emotional or physical triggers.

Below are a number of factors that can be termed as anorexia causes:

  • Studies have shown that weight loss from various factors can act as a trigger by itself. It could be due to sickness, surgery  or parasitic infection.
  • Another factor is genetics. Anorexia cases are more in people whose relatives also suffer from one eating disorder or the other.
  • Depression ad anxiety
  • Inability to deal well with stress
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • A stressful live event
  • Perfectionism
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality

 Anorexia in Men


Anorexia has for a long time been associated with females. Though studies have shown that boys who have twin sisters are at higher risks of developing eating disorders as a result , probably, of hormone exposure, it's still comes as a shock that 5% of the total anorexics in America are actually men.This number is in fact increasing at an alarmingly high rate.

 While it's still curious how a man would desire to be thin, certain professional demands could be to blame. There are jobs that simply call for a lean body, an example being athletes, and such people could result to dieting to remain trim.

The entertainment industry also demands that men pay more attention to how they look. gay men also develop the eating disorder tendencies as they aspire to be smiler and consequently more attractive to other men.

It is therefore safe to say that most men are more likely to be anorexic more for the athletic appearance than simply for the sake of looking thin. The eating disorders for men begin at an older age as compared to their female counterparts who develop it in their adolescent years.

Dealing with the problem in males becomes a problem since very many males are willing to come out and confess tat they suffer from n ailment that is predominantly for the females. This could mean that there could be a lot more male anorexics that actually thought.

 Anorexia Statistics


Here are a few eating disorder's and especially anorexic statistics.

  • 95% of all dieters regain their lost weight within 5 years.
  • Of all mental illnesses, the highest mortality rate lies with eating disorders.
  • Over 50% of teenage girls use inhumane and unhealthy weight control behaviors such as smoking cigarettes, skipping meals, fasting, taking laxatives and, vomiting.
  • 81% of 10 year olds are obsessively afraid of being fat.
  • 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade want to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
  • 42% of 1st to 3rd grade girls want to be thinner.

Anorexia Recovery Tips

It takes time to fully recover from anorexia or any other eating disorder for that matter. This is because it involves a lifestyle change and that cannot be done in one day. Below are tips that can go a long way in helping you on your anorexia recovery.

  • Start your day with a glass of water. It not only gives your body a kick-start, it also re-hydrates the body.
  • Always take your breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day. Include protein as it makes you full for longer and helps prevent cravings.
  • Consume high fiber foods like beans and leafy vegetables. The fiber helps make you full faster and improves your bowel movements
  • Omega three fats are good as they help your body burn more fat. You can get these in avocadoes and fatty fish.
  • Avoid refined and processed foods as they make the sugar spike. They also come packed with loads of empty calories.
  • Use a healthy diet plan to make meal plans for a week. This will ensure that you do not consume unhealthy foods.

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