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Anorexia Nervosa – Starving to Look Slim

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 “I wanted to kill the me underneath. That fact haunted my days and nights. When you realize you hate yourself so much, when you realize that you cannot stand who you are, and this deep spite has been the motivation behind your behavior for many years, your brain can’t quite deal with it.” ― Marya Hornbacher

“In New York, if you weigh under 200 pounds and decline so much as a cookie at a co-worker’s party, women will flock to your side, assuring you of your appealing physique. This is how skittish we are about the dangers of anorexia and the pressures of body image.” – Sloane Crosley

 

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa is interchangeable with the term anorexia, which refers to self-starvation and lack of appetite.

Anorexia is a psychological eating disorder defined by an extremely low Body Mass Index caused by an extreme and unhealthy desire for weight loss, illogical fear of weight gain, and a distorted perception of self-image and body as being fat.

How Does it Feel Like to Have Anorexia?

“I was depressed all the time, angry, hungry, lying to everyone, anxious, and very sick both mentally and physically. You feel dizzy all the time. I only fainted a few times but it’s very weird. People tell you you look sick. Hunger doesn’t really hurt, it makes you feel like your doing something right because you know hunger means you’ve burned all the cals and are now buring fat. It also makes you feel stressed out and think about food.” –Anorexic Patient

Signs of Anorexia

Most early signs of anorexia center on preoccupation with food or dieting. Behavior may appear obsessive or compulsive, and begin to consume more time.

​Eventually, disordered eating patterns will become more noticeable to others and potentially disrupt schooling, career, and relationships with family and friends.

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