Warning Signs And Symptoms Of Anorexia Nervosa

Anoxia nervosa is an eating disorder that has being present since the very beginning. However, due to lack of medical understanding and awareness, this was never considered a legit problem. Now, thanks to social medial and general awareness drives, many people know about this disease and how to go about it. Even though this disorder has no ethnic, age or gender bias but it is mostly seen in adolescence when a child’s body is growing. In this disorder, the person suffering usually restricts his/ her diet to a certain amount of calories and a particular type of food. This results in lack of essential nutrients leading to muscle wasting and overall weight loss. Another habit seen in such patients is that they exercise a lot, vomit after eating and even binge eat.

In this blog post, we will discuss the key signs and symptoms to help you identify a patient in your everyday life, and most importantly to help them out! The key signs are basically divided into 2 categories, emotional and physical. Following are the bullet points to each separately, for better understanding.
1) Emotional changes

a) Drastic weight loss – all of a sudden there is a great change in their appearance (weight).
b) Wearing extra layers – most patients do this to hide their sudden body changes, however, another reason can be to stay warm as they are now weak and low of fat.

c) Selective diet – this one is a little hard to differentiate from the normal dieting, however with other signs combined, you can easily pick this.

d) Super conscious of their weight – time and again they mention that they have grown fat, even though the reality is opposite.
e) Avoids food – this can also be with the person cooking food at your home. They will cook but not eat.
f) Rigorous exercise – as mentioned in bullet point D, these patients are conscious of their weight and want to lose it. Thus, there exercise regimens are quite intense.
g) Building an introvert nature – they withdraw from any social interaction, be it friends or family. They would no more want to go out or have fun and become quite.
h) Menstrual loss – this is for female patients who had hit puberty. Sudden deficiency leads to menstrual cycle loss.

2) Physical side effects of anorexia
a) Cramps – especially in the abdomen without any other systemic complain.
b) Lack of concentration – the patients are often seen fidgeting and are easy distracted.
c) Systemic disorders – as described in bullet point 1c, the patients goes to a more selective diet which means they avoid a certain kind of food. This leads to deficiencies which further cause systemic diseases like anemia (iron deficiency anemia, low RBCS etc.)
d) Altered mental health – patient can’t focus, sleeps often, feels cold, he/ she can even faint!
e) Oral problems – due to induced vomiting, the oral cavity is greatly altered with enamel erosion and cavity.
f) Dermatological – skin becomes dry and nails tend to chip off.
g) Muscle – there is generalized muscle weakness.
h) Immune – their immune system is impaired, getting sick more often.

These are the most common signs and symptoms of anorexia. Please, reach out for help if you have any of these signs.…

Anorexia and Bulimia: How Are They Different

When you think about eating disorders, what is the first thing, that come to mind?

Dieting? Restricting? Binge eating… For me it is anorexia and bulimia – 2 scary eating disorders that can lead to tremendous amount of different scary side effects and cause death.

Anorexia and bulimia are both mental illnesses that involve food (eating and/or not eating) and evolve around heavy feelings and emotions.

They both focus on body perfection and controlling/ managing weight.

The main difference however between bulimia and anorexia is that bulimia involves hectic episodes of binge eating of forbidden food, followed by self-induced vomiting/excessive exercising/ using laxatives/ dieting. And anorexia is about severe restriction and dieting, that leads to whole body malnourishment and drastic weight loss. someone who has anorexia is extremely feared of fat, gaining weight, and calories.

To understand better the commonalities and differences between the two, watch the following video:

If you are suffering from unhealthy behaviors around food, such as restriction and dieting, binging, purging, have fear of weight gain and obsession with body image and looks, you might be struggling with bulimia or anorexia.

Understanding the differences between the two will help you to get on the right path or recovery.…

Eating Disorders in Men and Women!

fight_eating_disorders_a-2The number of people suffering from eating disorders is increasing day by day and women as well as men are suffering from this disorder. Initially, it was believed that more women tend to suffer from these eating orders as compared to men, but the recent studies and statistics suggest that even men are suffering from eating disorders. If we take into consideration the increasing number of people who are the patients of eating disorders, we have to admit that efforts have to be made to offer constructive help to such people.

eating-disorderTypes of eating disorders

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Eating disorder otherwise not specified

Out of these eating disorders, we are going to talk about Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa in this article. There are many reasons why men and women suffer from these eating disorders, but before we understand the reasons behind these disorders, we have to know how to recognize the symptoms of the eating disorders.

Anorexia Nervosa

In this eating disorder, the person is afraid of gaining weight, and therefore the man or the woman try to limit the marchione_161115food intake and such patients may take this limit to extremes so that they even go without food. Their perception about their body image is very unrealistic.

Bulimia Nervosa

In this type of eating disorder, the patients are afraid of weight gain and are not happy with their body shape or body size and type. To ensure that they do not gain weight, these patients try repeated cycles of binge eating and vomiting.

The men and women who suffer from Anorexia and Bulimia can be treated, and they can resume their normal life, but the patients and the family of the patients have to have patience as these treatments take time and results may not be seen in a short period.loss_of_appetite

Treatment for Anorexia and Bulimia

The treatment for the above-mentioned eating disorders is done in two ways.

  • Psychotherapy
  • Medicines

Psychotherapy is an important part of the treatment because most of the time the reasons for Anorexia and Bulimia istock_000013234938small-580x250are psychological. Many people are not equipped to handle the social pressure or peer pressure that compels them to look good and slim all the time, and this may result in these disorders. There are also some genetic and social causes which can be the reasons for such eating disorders. The Psychotherapy can help them to control their emotions so that they so get trapped into the vicious circle again. Medication is helpful up to a certain extent as the antidepressants given to these patients may benefit to help them keep their emotions under control.


Recovering from these eating disorders is not easy as there is always a danger of a relapse of the same and that is why it is very necessary to pay attention to the recovery process. The patients have to understand and accept that they have a problem and they need help to get rid of the same. They should keep in touch with the professionals even after the treatment so that they can ask for help if they are afraid of a relapse.