People, especially women have always had to confront themselves with weight problems. Some people are satisfied with their body even though they are overweight or too thin, while some people face a more difficult matter, distorted perception of weight.
This condition can affect both men and women, but it is however a more common problem for women. Women who have a distorted perception of their weight see themselves fatter than they actually are. They can look in the mirror and see something most people don’t see. They consider themselves to be fat and unattractive, triggering eating disorders.
No matter how much weight is lost, the person still sees the same overweight body in the mirror. Because this happens only in the person’s mind, it is considered to be a psychiatric illness. Women who suffer from anorexia also known as anorexia nervosa are always trying to control their weight by starvation, excessive exercising, abuse of diet pills and laxatives.
If the illness doesn’t receive necessary treatment, it can lead to severe health problems, even death.
Anorexia can lead to amenorrhea which is the absence of periods for women and impotence for men. Anorexic people usually deny their problem and will not accept that they have a problem if confronted.
Here are some tips to help you spot anorexic behavior:
refusal to eat
purging which means the person will eat small amounts of food and then induce vomiting, use laxatives and enemas to get the food out of their body
obsessiveness about their weight
constant fear of gaining weight even though most people are underweight
rapid weight loss
absence of menstrual cycle
impotence and lack of sexual interest for men
paleness, tooth decay and thinning of the hair due to lack of nutrients necessary for the body to function properly
The people who are usually affected by anemia are people with low self esteem, depressed people or people who have phobias about gaining weight. This condition can be caused by genetic factors, psychological factors and social factors.
People who suffer from anorexia need to get immediate medical help from a physician, a psychologist or a psychiatrist. The condition can be treated especially if it is discovered in time.