Eating disorders are all over the world. From the media alone, you can see famous people who are suffering from it. People go from thick to thin or vice versa in a snap! One of the most dreaded eating disorders is Anorexia and here are the top 10 frequently asked questions about it that you should know.
10. What is Anorexia Nervosa?
This is an eating disorder wherein the person suffering the disease has an irrational fear of becoming fat. Thus, he or she goes to unreasonable measures to become thin. Sometimes, as far as not eating anything at all while exercising too much.
9. Is it true that only women can suffer from anorexia?
Because of the media, people believe that only females suffer anorexia. But the truth is, 20 percent of the population that has this disease is actually male. Men today also have a pursuit for perfect bodies so it isn’t so impossible for them to suffer such eating disorders.
8. What happens to the body of someone who has anorexia?
The best way to find out if a person has anorexia is to look at their physical appearance. Since they don’t get the required energy they need, they often become overly thin to the point that they may be skin and bones. Eventually, this will take a toll on their health and they will become very weak.
7. Is anorexia treatable?
There have been many successful cases where anorexia was cured. Treatment will always depend on the advice of the psychiatrist. It is usually patterned to the needs of the patient and the main goal is to be able to go back to their normal weight.
6. Do patients with anorexia need to go to a hospital to be confined?
Like mentioned above, people who suffer from anorexia eventually become very weak and will need serious medical assistance. Many people have died from this disorder already that is why it is of high importance not to take it this far. Avoid confinement by treating it right away.
5. Can women with anorexia get pregnant?
Women who have survived anorexia have a chance of conceiving. However, those who are currently suffering from anorexia won’t be able to because they do not menstruate and ovulate. There is a very small chance that they may get pregnant.
4. How can I help someone who has anorexia?
If you suspect that a loved one has anorexia, the best time to act is right away. You need to tell them and make them accept that they need help from a psychiatrist or a similar medical professional.
3. What are the causes of anorexia?
There is no one cause listed as the reason for people to have anorexia. However, many factors are related to it such as environmental factors, low self-esteem, sexual abuse and the like. The best way to find out the cause of anorexia is to go through psychotherapy.
2. How long does it take to recover from anorexia nervosa?
Just like other psychological disorders, recovery time depends from person to person. Some people can suffer this disease for years even if they get treatment while other people can overcome it by themselves. Relapse is also possible.
1. Is there an eating disorder rehab?
Yes. Because of the many people suffering from anorexia, many rehabilitation centres accept people with anorexia nervosa for treatment.