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What are the signs of anorexia and how can it be treated?
Anorexia nervosa is a modern psychological affection that makes those who suffer from it have a distorted image of their own bodies and consider themselves overweight although they are not.
Teenage girls and young women are the main victims of anorexia, but it has also been encountered at men.
It starts with a fear of becoming fat and overweight, and this fear turns into an obsession. Those with anorexia always do everything they can to lose more and more weight and to become more and more thinner, and this obsession makes them think they are fat even when they are so thin that their health is seriously endangered. Since they have a distorted image of themselves they do not realize that they have to stop losing weight. People around them must understand what's happening to those with anorexia and help them, because they are not aware that they have a problem.
Since they thin they are fat they tend to keep away from others and they do not like to socialize. It's not hard to spot someone with anorexia, and it's very important to learn how to do it because it is up to those around them to help.
The signs of anorexia that can be seen and used to find the ones with it and help them are:
-they keep loosing weight
-they keep strict diets and exercise a lot
-they talk all the time about diets and loosing weight
-they refuse to eat if they are offered, and they make up excuses. They usually say that they just ate or that they are not hungry
-they blame their failures in life on their weight
-if you tell them about their condition they deny it
-they dress in large clothes to hide their weight
-their skin becomes dry and yellow
-if you put food in front of them they avoid eating it and they play with it, rearrange it on the plate or try to hide it
-their main subject of conversation is weight loss and how to avoid calories and to exercise
If they continue to avoid eating for a long time their health condition will be seriously affected. They will begin to lose hair, feel sick and weakened all the time, have a weak bone structure (which can easily lead to osteoporosis), and the women will loose their period.
If you suspect that one of your family members of friends has anorexia you must seek aid soon. Do not tell them about it because it is useless, they will deny and fight with you. You must help them because the final result of anorexia is death through starvation. The treatment for anorexia is to force the patients to gain weight and in parallel a psychiatrist must make them realize that they have a problem.
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