Archive for January, 2007

Anorexia Nervosa- An Eating Disorder!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Anorexia can be termed or also mean as person who has lost his/her appetite. It can be seen as a form of disease which is very harmful posing a threat to your life. This is a voluntary starving process wherein people kill their desire to eat and end up starving oneself. There are many components which makes this disease complex such as psychological, sociological and physiological. The weight loss doesn’t happen very rapidly but it is a very slow process and looks like any other weight reducing programme in the beginning. But it is after some months you realize the effect it has taken upon your health.

This affects the personality of the person drastically and the outgoing and extrovert person becomes very introvert and subdued. The level of concentration starts depleting too which proves to be big problem for many young people who are the major victims in this disease. The inability to maintain 15 percent of an individual’s normal weight is one of the very serious matters which have to be handled very delicately. Due to starving process there are repeated practices of binge eating and vomiting. Fear plays a very important part, as it the fear of putting on weight, that they discard the idea of being hungry which can also be said as killing yourself gradually and slowly.

The shrinking body is the number one sign you would see in all the people suffering from anorexia. The minimal body weight of the person is also not maintained which makes it very risky for the person. Body doesn’t get enough supplements in the form of vitamins or proteins due to which the nail and hair becomes brittle and the skin without any source of energy turns yellow and pale. In such kind of health, psychologically the person is traumatized, and depression starts kicking in. Due to the shrinking body there is drop in the body temperature which makes the person more vulnerable to cold. Even with the body remaining 1/4 of its size the person suffering with this disorder find themselves to be fat, which can be maintained as a psychological barrier.

The people who are mostly affected with anorexia are mostly girls or women of very young age. The portrayal of abnormally thin women in advertisements and movies as embodiments of beauty has made young women and teenaged girls want to be like them. This alone cannot be considered as the factor determining the anorexic patients. Other factors like eating disorders, genetics, environment, personalities and bio-chemistry. For many anorexia starts off for activities like dance, sports which require a certain body structure. Such kind of disorders also run in families and girls find themselves at a higher risk of getting affected by this disease.

Treatment for such a disease is reversible. Once it is diagnosed the treatment should begin immediately. Most of these cases if detected early, the success rate is good too. Once detected most of these patients are admitted in the hospital and treated accordingly. There is a weight gain program and it takes time depending upon the individual. A set target for food intake per week is assigned which accordingly is increased so as to get the person back on his/her feet, literally. There are different kind of therapies such as normal, group, individual and family. There is lot of emotional baggage for many people who suffer from anorexia and those feeling have to be dealt with, by some psychological sessions or other therapies.

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Combatting Eating Disorders

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

, malnutrition, and other eating disorders can
cause lifelong health problems. In order to identify and correct
problems become they become too severe, it is important to be
aware of the lasting effects of eating disorders. The next step
is to learn how to overcome these different types of eating
disorders and malnutrition in order to lead a healthy
lifestyle.

Anorexia and bulimia are unique eating disorders with their own
set of characteristics, however, they often result from the same
goals and have a similar outcome. Both are employed as a means
to loose and control weight. It is also known that these types
of disorders result from self-esteem issues and emotional
factors. These eating problems typically occur in youth and
young adults, but can occur at any age in an attempt to control
weight.

There are several consequences of anorexia and other eating
disorders as well as malnutrition. Because your body is not
receiving necessary quantities of nutrients, it will react by
trying to compensate in different ways. Usually, these eating
disorders lead to dry skin, thinning hair or hair loss and a
yellowing of nails. People with eating disorders are especially
vulnerable to illness because of the lack of proper nutrients in
the body. Eating disorders also cause a person to feel
constantly cold.

A person with such an eating disorder may feel that they in
control of their weight, which helps boost their self-esteem
and self-image. However, it can not be overemphasized that
eating disorders can lead to severe, long-lasting health
problems that can even lead to death. People suffering from an
eating disorder will later find that it is hard to rebalance
organs and a digestive system once it has been trained to be
without nutrients. It will take a long time after recovery from
an eating disorder to regain optimal health.

If you think you may have an eating disorder, it is important
to seek professional medical help immediately. Typically, when
an eating disorder has lasted longer than six months, a patient
will require hospital admittance in order to repair nutritional
imbalance. From here, regular, continuing consultation with
physicians and counselors will help to replace bad eating
habits and make sure healthy foods and nutrients begin to move
properly through the system. A good support system is vital
when going through this process in order to ensure that the
eating disorder does not return.

Eating disorders are a severe problem that afflicts people of
all ages and sexes. It is a not only a physical, but also a
mental and emotional problem. In order to repair nutritional
imbalance before it is too late, it is crucial to cure the
eating disorder by getting help. Combatting an eating disorder
is essential to not only your health, but also for your
survival.

About The Author: Mary Brown writes for several online
magazines, such as http://fotid.com and http://parip.com

Please use the HTML version of this article at:
http://www.isnare.com/html.php?aid=120311
==================

Combatting Eating Disorders

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

, malnutrition, and other eating disorders can
cause lifelong health problems. In order to identify and correct
problems become they become too severe, it is important to be
aware of the lasting effects of eating disorders. The next step
is to learn how to overcome these different types of eating
disorders and malnutrition in order to lead a healthy
lifestyle.

Anorexia and bulimia are unique eating disorders with their own
set of characteristics, however, they often result from the same
goals and have a similar outcome. Both are employed as a means
to loose and control weight. It is also known that these types
of disorders result from self-esteem issues and emotional
factors. These eating problems typically occur in youth and
young adults, but can occur at any age in an attempt to control
weight.

There are several consequences of anorexia and other eating
disorders as well as malnutrition. Because your body is not
receiving necessary quantities of nutrients, it will react by
trying to compensate in different ways. Usually, these eating
disorders lead to dry skin, thinning hair or hair loss and a
yellowing of nails. People with eating disorders are especially
vulnerable to illness because of the lack of proper nutrients in
the body. Eating disorders also cause a person to feel
constantly cold.

A person with such an eating disorder may feel that they in
control of their weight, which helps boost their self-esteem
and self-image. However, it can not be overemphasized that
eating disorders can lead to severe, long-lasting health
problems that can even lead to death. People suffering from an
eating disorder will later find that it is hard to rebalance
organs and a digestive system once it has been trained to be
without nutrients. It will take a long time after recovery from
an eating disorder to regain optimal health.

If you think you may have an eating disorder, it is important
to seek professional medical help immediately. Typically, when
an eating disorder has lasted longer than six months, a patient
will require hospital admittance in order to repair nutritional
imbalance. From here, regular, continuing consultation with
physicians and counselors will help to replace bad eating
habits and make sure healthy foods and nutrients begin to move
properly through the system. A good support system is vital
when going through this process in order to ensure that the
eating disorder does not return.

Eating disorders are a severe problem that afflicts people of
all ages and sexes. It is a not only a physical, but also a
mental and emotional problem. In order to repair nutritional
imbalance before it is too late, it is crucial to cure the
eating disorder by getting help. Combatting an eating disorder
is essential to not only your health, but also for your
survival.

About The Author: Mary Brown writes for several online
magazines, such as http://fotid.com and http://parip.com

Please use the HTML version of this article at:
http://www.isnare.com/html.php?aid=120311
==================

What is the treatment for anorexia?

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Treatment of anorexia is difficult, because people with anorexia believe there is little or nothing wrong with their weight, they may know they are too thin but believe it is okay for them. Patients in the early stages of anorexia (less than 6 months or with just a small amount of weight loss) may be successfully treated without having to be admitted to the hospital. But for successful treatment, patients must want to change and must have family and friends to help them. People with more serious anorexia need care in the hospital, usually in a special unit for people with anorexia and bulimia. Treatment involves more than changing the person’s eating habits. Anorexic patients often need counseling for a year or more so they can work on changing the feelings that are causing their eating problems. These feelings may be about their weight, their family problems or their problems with self-esteem. Some anorexic patients are helped by taking medicine that makes them feel less depressed or better in their daily lives. These medicines are prescribed by a doctor and are used along with counseling.

Why do people get anorexia?

Monday, January 8th, 2007

The reason some people get anorexia isn’t known. People with anorexia may believe they would be happier and more successful if they were thin. They want everything in their lives to be perfect. People who have this disorder are usually good students. They are involved in many school and community activities. They blame themselves if they don’t get perfect grades, or if other things in life are not perfect and use anorexia as a way to deal or gain control.

Anorexia Nervosa

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Anorexia Nervosa

picture of an anorexic woman

picture of an anorexic woman

Anorexia nervosa is an illness that usually occurs in adolescent girls, but it can also occur in adolescent boys, and adult women and men. People with anorexia are obsessed with being thin. They lose a lot of weight and are terrified of gaining weight. The believe they need to lose weight even though they are very thin or emaciated. Anorexia isn’t just a problem with food or weight. It’s an attempt to use food and weight to deal with emotional problems. What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia? People with anorexia starve themselves. People with bulimia eat huge amounts of food, but they throw up soon after eating, or take laxatives or diuretics (water pills) to keep from gaining weight. People with bulimia don’t usually lose as much weight as people with anorexia.