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 an main components to healing.
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?
- Abnormally slow heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Dry and brittle bones
- Significant muscle loss
- 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
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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