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.
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.