According to the American Anorexia Bulimia Association (AABA), one percent of all teenage American girls develop anorexia nervosa and up to 10% of those who develop it diefrom it. The National Eating Disorders Organization (NEDO) observes that 90-95% of all victims are female. Because untreated anorexia nervosa is a proven woman-killer, knowing the warning signs isessential to successful recovery
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The Academy for Eating Disorders notes that most clinicians will suspect anorexia in a patient who is 85%or less of normal body weight. But what is "normal"? Norms vary with individual body type and chemistry. For this reason, Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. (ANRED) advises againstrelying on charts, tables or complex formulas. Instead, ANRED recommends a combination of subjective and objective factors. How do you feel? If the answer is "strong, energetic, and healthy," you'reprobably on the right track. Are your blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels good? Are you free of the back or joint pain associated with bone loss due to malnutrition? If so, these are signs thatyou have achieved a healthy weight.
What is anorexia nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is an illness that usually occurs in teenage girls, but it also can occur in teenage boys, and in adult women andmen. People who have anorexia are obsessed with being thin. They lose a lot of weight and are terrified of gaining weight. They believe they are fat even though they are very thin. Anorexia isn't justa problem with food or weight. It's an attempt to use food and weight to deal with emotional problems.
anorexics are perpetually hungry, but deny their impulse to eat because they are terrified ofgaining weight. Only in the most advanced stages of the condition do anorexics lose their desire for food.
There are two types of anorexia nervosa: restrictive and binge/purging. According to the...