Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that affects many women as well as some men. The disorder is gradual and can take years to be diagnosed, and even longer to be treated. Like most diseases, the earlier that diagnosis and treatment are started, the better the prognosis. Here are some anorexia facts that can help you recognize the disorder in yourself or a loved on.
- The most prevalent age range for anorexia is 15 – 23-year-old females.
- 10-15% of those suffering from anorexia will die of complications.
- Extreme thinness is a symptom that means the disorder has progressed, and the body is severely malnourished. Treatment is critical.
- Anorexics can have a slower and irregular heart rate, lower body temperature and blood pressure.
- Abnormal hair growth can be present on the arms of an anorexic person.
- People with anorexia are often extremely cold
- Women suffering from anorexia will cease having a normal menstrual flow.
- Male anorexics are often misdiagnosed because doctors associate the disorder with females only.
- People with anorexia also have body dysmorphic disorder, where they see a completely different version of themselves and their body in the mirror, most often much larger and out of shape.
- Growth can be stunted in a young person with anorexia.
- People with anorexia severely limit their caloric intake, and as a result may often feel light headed or even get to the point where they lose consciousness.
- Severe cases of anorexia can result in hospitalization, or death if help is not sought in time.
- Anorexia often goes hand-in-hand with mood disorders like depression or anxiety, so treating that problem directly is a large component of treating anorexia.
- Proper medical treatment is required for a person suffering from anorexia before it is too late so that they can make a full comeback.
Help is available for people suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders. It is vital to get help before the consequences become irreparable. At Willow Place for Women, we have extensive experience working with women who are suffering from eating disorders, mental health issues, and substance abuse. Our goal is to help these women achieve the self-confidence and self-love they require to begin living a healthy, fullfilling life.