Anorexia: A Serious Eating Disorder

Anorexia: A Serious Eating Disorder

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Hello, Readers

Today I am gonna talk about something far more serious than we think it is. Anorexia, I have first come to know of it whilst I was reading a book. A character in the book was going through this depression. I don’t know if the writer has this disorder or not. But I have had Goosebumps all over while reading of her struggles.

While reading about this disorder and how people struggle with it. I have made up my mind to help those who do have this disorder as well as make others aware of it.

First, let me tell you what actually Anorexia is (for those who are not aware of it). Anorexia nervosa often referred to as Anorexia, is an eating disorder where people feel this dire need to stay thin (even though they already are), to the brink of starving themselves out.

There are no particular triggers of it. But, sometimes even a silly comment about their weight or eating habits can push them to this mental turmoil. So, try not to comment on someone’s weakness or in general, even as a joke.

Physical signs of Anorexia

With the aim to create awareness, I want people as well as myself to know if anyone around me is dealing with Anorexia. Only then we can help them overcome this illness and come out of it successfully.

Following signs indicates an anorexic person (or on the verge of getting there):

  • They are obsessed with getting fit (even though they already are).
  • Only eat certain foods.
  • Eat only small amounts.
  • Show a lack of confidence.
  • Don’t socialize.
  • Exercise excessively.
  • Avoid any food-related talks.
  • Wearing big or baggy clothes to hide body shape and/or weight loss.
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom immediately after meals.

Knowing these factors will help to better understand them. It’s like a warning bell that they need immediate professional help.

Pay attention to all these signs, if you find yourself or anyone having these symptoms (Hope nobody has to go through it), there is a lot that you can do to help them but first ask them to seek professional help and be considerate of their situation.

Causes of Anorexia

“Why Don’t You Just Stop?” This is the question with which people with Anorexia are often confronted by parents, spouses, friends, and themselves. Why would someone starve themselves to the point of death?

At some point in that person’s life there is an event or a series of incidents and situations which leads them to this condition:

  • A traumatic event

Every situation has a different impact on people. A single incident which looks simple to us can be traumatising for others.

Examples of such events can be the death of a close relative or friend, a divorce of a parent, leaving home for the first time, rape, abortion, rejection in a relationship, or a degrading comment.

  • An extended period of emotional pain

This person has lived in a painful situation for a long period of years and finally reaches the breaking point where she can no longer tolerate the pain. For example; growing up in an alcoholic family, long term exposure to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

  • Always been a very sensitive child

Sometimes, no experience or exposure to emotional pain can be dangerous. This is the case for a very sensitive child growing up in a family in which there was emotional pain that was not acknowledged or discussed.

It makes them more prone to stress and anxiety in their upcoming years. Lack of experience will make it difficult for them to cope up with this new experience or feeling.

  • Lack or Excess of Attention

The saying “Excess of anything is dangerous” does apply to this situation. Too much or too less of attention can make a person self-conscious.

No one wants to be talked about (especially on their faces), that unnecessary gossip can be a label for someone. Sometimes, It becomes difficult to not dwell on those comments or just plainly ignore them.

 How to cope with Anorexia?

“In India, people with severe mental illnesses often turn to temples and Gurus, not to doctors. That can be a very serious mistake.

It can be very difficult to talk about this situation because the first problem with their illness is that they don’t think that they need help or are sick. So, your first step can be to acknowledge that you do need help and only then these following steps can help.

  • Support

Talking about a stressful event with the person you trust can be an effective way to manage stress. Seeking external support instead of self-isolating can often greatly reduce the negative effects of a difficult situation.

  • Distractions

Sometimes, a distraction can be your saving grace. It helps you not to dwell on the matter too much and convert it into a stressful event.

A number of relaxing activities can help people cope with stressful situations. Like practising meditation, calming techniques, sitting in nature or listening to soft music.

  • Acknowledgement

If a person knows or acknowledges that they are sick or need help that can make them seek a solution for their problem.

It will help them to identify the problem that is causing stress and then developing and putting into action some potential solutions for effectively managing it.

Stories of their struggles

Unlike the image of anorexia so often represented, I am a person of colour. Unlike the image of anorexia so often represented, I don’t look emaciated.

My eating disorder was a physical manifestation of a long time underlying condition. It was some combination of perfectionism, extreme sensitivity, fear.

Would I have developed anorexia nervosa had we not emigrated from India to Canada?  Would I have felt compelled to engage in behaviours to the brink of death, only to have to battle and claw my way back to normalcy.

It can be helpful to know that someone else understands what they are going through. That they are not alone in this. And I hope that these stories will help you in any way possible to overcome this situation.

We can only assume what you guys go through but we definitely want to help (You reading this blog shows that you care). I hope you find this blog to any help whether it be informative or motivating.

Feel free to reach out to us and comment in the section below. You can share your experiences and can give us any suggestions.

Stay Safe and Be Happy…..

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Habiba Fatima
Habiba Fatima is currently working as a content writer at Sterling India Pvt Ltd. She has a Masters degree (M.Tech) in Biotechnology. Apart from being a health blogger, she spends her time writing poetry.