Is there a particular type of person more prone to suffering from an eating disorder? No.

We have people who love to stuff their face and fill their belly with cream doughnuts, while others not so much, and, who, likely at the sight of a doughnut would throw a wobbler, or for a better word… throw up and vomit.

Everyone differs in many ways, for instance, personality, shape and size—including taste in foods also. Most people enjoy eating morning noon and night, but, not for the person with an eating disorder such as anorexia who would see no enjoyment in this whatsoever!

Anorexia is an eating disorder where people purposely avoid food due to the fear of putting weight on and looking fat. It is a life-threatening condition primarily affecting young teenage girls and boys. It is an uncontrollable self-inflicted illness, which, sadly has had us see a great number of deaths as a result of it.

A full-on anorexic person is easy to identify through extreme weight loss. Anorexics tend to take on excessive exercise and consume laxatives in great dosages while avoiding meals due to the intense fear of becoming overweight.

Typical telltale signs of an anorexic person are detected through their odd eating habits which mainly includes refusing to eat and eating in front of others. Although they won’t eat themselves, an anorexic person will not shy away from food in the kitchen cooking meals for others.

Parents of a teen anorexic will need to have patience and support the child the best they can under the circumstance. It is difficult for some parents to accept these behaviours off their child, but it will help the child a great deal through the experience when the parents learn to understand. Kids might revolt and become angry if confronted about their eating habits so be careful.

Anorexia has different symptoms, however, not every patient will suffer them all.

Bodyweight that is inconsistent with age is one symptom.
Build and height.
Absence of three following menstrual flows.
Refusing to eat while others are present.
Out of breath.
Compulsive calorie checking and consumption.
Weakness, fatigue, delicate skin.

Health risks with anorexia are shrinking of the bones, mineral loss, low body temperature and irregular heartbeat. Anorexia is often confused with bulimia and therefore deciding which of the two it is should be determined by a doctor.

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder noticeable through binge eating followed by purging (bulimics will vomit all foods back up or use laxatives to get rid). While anorexics don’t eat big portions, they will, however, vomit with the help of two fingers shoved down their throat to empty the content of their stomach.

A common approach for treating anorexia is through counselling and consultations on dietary needs. Treatments can vary due to the severity and in-depth of the condition.
Anorexics can get back on track and lead a normal life with help from medical experts and the support of friends and family. There is no overnight fix to cure anorexia, so it can take time for the healing to come both mentally and physically.

Psychological counselling is a powerful method for helping those who suffer; it helps decipher between both eating disorder symptoms and the fundamental psychological and cultural forces that may have given cause to its beginning.

Young girls concerned about their appearance have been known to follow suit of skeletal framed models, but the good news is, fashion houses around the world are now promoting the larger woman to strut the catwalk due to “skinny being unhealthy”.

Will treatment help you? Why not, ask those who battled anorexia and recovered and now ENJOY eating cream doughnuts.

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