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Anorexia nervosa

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Anorexia nervosa - Anorexia is an eating disorder involving food restriction and self-starvation. Patients with anorexia typically weigh 15 percent less than the normal healthy weight expected in relation to their height. Anorexia, especially, is notoriously difficult to treat, requiring nutritional counseling, therapy and often prescription drugs. Even with treatment, only 60 percent of those with eating disorders fully recover, 20 percent have partial recoveries and 20 percent do not recover. Anorexia eating disorders symptoms may be difficult to recognize. Individuals with anorexia eating disorders symptoms often take extreme measures to avoid eating. Anorexia nervosa is a disease that affects all organ systems. The principal systems affected are the cardiovascular and the endocrine systems. Anorexia may also cause hair and nails to grow brittle. Skin may dry out, become yellow, and develop a covering of soft hair called lanugo. Anorexia and bulimia appear to be more common among girls. But binge eating seems to be just as likely to affect guys as girls. Anorexia is withholding food and/or eating a very low calorie diet. Persons with Anorexia Nervosa deliberately attempt to lose weight through self-starvation. Even though they may be extremely underweight, they see themselves as "fat", deny any problem with their eating habits, and will resist any efforts made to get them to eat or return to a more healthy weight. Persons with bulimia nervosa, however, usually purge, fast, or do strenuous exercise after they binge eat. Purging means vomiting or using a lot of diuretics (water pills) or laxatives to keep from gaining weight. Persons with bulimia, however, regularly purge, fast, or engage in strenuous exercise after an episode of binge eating. Purging means vomiting or using diuretics (water pills) or laxatives in greater-than-recommended doses to avoid gaining weight. Someone with anorexia can get better. A health care team of doctors, nutritionists, and therapists will help the patient get better. Someone with the disease can't just start eating like normal. For those of you who say it's only for rich teen girls with low self esteem, you're way wrong. Individuals with the Restricting Type maintain their low body weight purely by restricting food intake and increased activity (i.e. Those with the Binge-Eating/Purging Type usually restrict their food intake but also regularly engage in binge eating and/or purging behaviors (i.e. Individuals with anorexia take extreme measures to avoid eating. They often become abnormally thin - and still talk about feeling fat or bloated. Individual's with anorexia are often very well informed, through personal research and extensive gathering of information on the subject, and feel like they know more than professionals about the disorder. This process of receiving care can bring up issues of control. Males with anorexia have similar mental problems as females. This may include depression, obsessive compulsive or extremely anxious. Male development in puberty is very different from that of females. Related bodily concerns are different and less often lead to the extremes of dieting which commonly precede anorexia nervosa. Patients in the early stages of anorexia (less than 6 months or with just a small amount of weight loss) may be successfully treated without having to be admitted to the hospital. But for successful treatment, patients must want to change and must have family and friends to help them. Patient with anorexia considers, that his weight, parameters of the figure and sizes are directly related to self-sensation and individual status. Victims of anorexia often deny seriousness of their condition and could not count their weight visually.
   
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