Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder, and is more common in women than men. It is very important to seek treatment if you have the condition. Take a few minutes review the signs of anorexia below. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned here, you should seek help as soon as possible.
1. Are You Afraid of Gaining Weight?
If you notice that every time you want to take a big bite out of a burger, you stop and get scared, then there might be a problem. Not only that, but it might happen anytime you want to eat your meals, even if they are healthy. Do you fear eating because you're afraid of gaining weight? This is one of the biggest warning signs of anorexia.
2. Do You Have Problems with Menstruation?
Healthy eating habits correspond with healthy menstruation. If you are not eating properly, it will affect your monthly cycle. If you suffer from anorexia, you may suffer from amenorrhea, which is when your period stops altogether. If amenorrhea that lasts for at least 3 months, it could indicate that you're not eating enough and might have anorexia.
3. Do You Refuse to Maintain a Normal BMI?
Do you always want to be on the lower range of a normal BMI? Do you tend to get scared when your BMI increases? If you fear having a high BMI, you should definitely talk to your doctor right away. A BMI that is too low can have some pretty serious health consequences.
4. Do You Self-induce Vomiting?
Do you have any compensatory behaviors like self-induced vomiting? A person with anorexia feels bad when they eat and may make themselves throw up to compensate. This also a symptom of bulimia and is serious.
5. Do You Engage in Too Much Exercise?
This is not as common with anorexia as it is with other eating disorders, but you may engage in vigorous exercise to the point that you are far negating the little amount you've eaten. This can really harm your health so talk to your doctor right away if this describes you.
6. Do You Have the Habit of Binge Eating?
Do you have the urge to eat a lot in one time? This isn't just having a larger than average meal. This is eating thousands of calories in one sitting - often enough to count for several days worth of meals. This is normally accompanied by self-induced vomiting. If you engage in binge eating and self-induced vomiting together, you have a type of anorexia called bulimic type.
7. Do You Frequently Use Laxatives?
Laxatives are used to increase your bowel movements and to empty your stomach and gut fast. If you binge eat together with the use of laxatives, you also have bulimic symptoms along with signs of anorexia.
8. Do You Have a Denial of Your Illness?
When people say that you look sick do you feel angry or deny it? You won’t admit that you feel sick. On the contrary, you convince yourself that you are healthy and what you do is normal.
9. Do You Restrict Yourself from Eating or Only Eat in Small Amounts?
This is called the restrictive type of anorexia nervosa. What this involves is avoiding food. You either eat nothing at all or just a very small amount each day.
10. Do You Have Any Medical Problems?
Anorexia can lead to all sorts of health problems. That includes dehydration, osteoporosis, dizziness, blue tinged skin, insomnia, abnormal heart rhythms, abnormal blood counts, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety and the risk for death is there as well.
11. Do You Have a Body Image Disturbance?
Do you perceive yourself as fat and ugly even though you are underweight? Do you look in the mirror and see yourself as a fat person even though you are dangerously thin?
12. Do You Have a Family History of Eating Disorders?
It is believed that anorexia nervosa can run in a family so if your mom or sister suffers from the eating disorder, your risk is higher.
13. Do You Experience Any Social Pressure to Lose Weight?
Do you feel pressure from society and your peers to be smaller than you are? This can drive anorexia so if you are suffering through such an issue, seek help immediately.