What are the symptoms?
People with anorexia nervosa become obsessed with dieting and weight. They develop a fear of becoming fat and have a distorted image of their body, seeing themselves as fat, even when they're very thin.
Under-eating, vigorous exercise, ritualistic food habits and abuse of laxatives cause excessive loss of weight.
Most anorexic people have no history of being overweight.
Anorexia nervosa usually starts in the mid-teens, although it can start at a younger or older age. Women are more likely than men to have anorexia -about 90 per cent of those affected are female.
It's estimated about three or four people in every 100 have anorexia. Most deny they have a problem and many have depression. It can run in families.
What are the effects?
Lack of food deprives the body of essential protein and prevents the normal metabolism of fat, resulting in:
An irregular heartbeat that can lead to heart failure and death
Kidney stone formation and kidney failure
Weakness because of muscle wasting
Growth of fine downy hair on the face and arms
Lack of calcium, which may cause osteoporosis
Interrupted or no periods
Can it be prevented? What’s the treatment?
It's difficult to prevent anorexia from developing because it's unclear precisely why the condition occurs. But it may be possible to avoid or address some risk factors, such as social and cultural pressures to be thin, bullying, low self-esteem and family dysfunction. The most important step is recognition by the individual that they've got a problem..
After a thorough consultation and assessment we would suggest a course of hypnotherapy to resolve the underlying cause.
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