Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and typically a distorted body image. Sufferers may restrict caloric intake or purge calories consumed through vomiting (also called purging), laxative/diuretic abuse and/or compulsive exercise. Recovery is possible, and commitment, support and self-love and main components to healing. 

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Warning Signs 

Anorexia is a complex illness, these are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you significantly restrict your food intake?

  • Do you experience an extreme disturbance in your body image or experience regular negative thoughts about your body?

  • Have friends or family expressed concern about your weight loss and eating habits?

  • Do you struggle with an intense fear of gaining weight and becoming fat?

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  • Abnormally slow heart rate

  • Low blood pressure

  • Dry and brittle bones

  • Significant muscle loss

  • Dehydration

  • Inadequate food intake and an obviously unhealthy weight

  • Intense fear of gaining weight

  • Obsessing over weight and persistently preventing weight gain

  • Tying self-esteem to body image

  • Not seeing how dire the weight loss and behaviors really are

  • Significant weight loss

  • Loss of hair

  • Loss of menstruation

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Effective treatment addresses the underlying emotional and mental health issues, issues that often date back to childhood and a person’s self-perception and self-image. Treatment will focus on helping a person with anorexia to understand how their own self-image impacts their eating behavior. Self-image can be seen as a foundation of the change that a person with anorexia needs to address, as inaccurate self-image can be devastating to an individuals health. Utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Yoga as Therapy can be utilized  as a pair for the most effective treatment. The focus is to heal the relationship with the individuals body and with food.  

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