Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by restrictive eating and irrational thoughts about personal body image. Commonly called Anorexia.
Several key symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa:
Strong fear of gaining weight
Irrational self body image
Distorted view of self worth in relation to body weight
Anorexia Nervosa is more than just refusing to eat and desire to maintain a low weight. It is a disorder often linked to emotional problems. The disease can, and usually does, occur in early teens years and 90% of the people who have this disorder are female.
There are several causes of the disorder: biological, psychological, and culture.
Complications can include: dehydration, impaired ability to fight infections, low blood pressure, thinning and brittle hair, and respiratory failure.
Psychological problems and issues commonly seen:
Having food rituals (eating foods in a particular order, or over chewing foods)
Problems eating food around others
Perfectionism – needing to be this as well as neat, smart, etc…
Refusal to eat particular foods
Denial of being hungry
Stop eating meats
While Anorexia Nervosa is treatable, up to 6% of those with this disorder die.