Friday, 12 October 2007

The warning signs of anorexia

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If you know any people that are abnormally skinny or seem to not ever eat very much, that person could indeed have the condition known as anorexia nervosa. That condition generally results in someone not heeding the call to stay at a minimum weight. They eat less and less until sometimes their health is at high risk (even for death) based on caloric intake decline alone.

If you know someone who may be anorexic, it's probably a great idea to pay attention to the below signs from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and find a way to speak with that person should the below be discovered. Anorexia is no laughing matter -- it is most definitely real.
  • Extreme fear of gaining weight.
  • Distorted impression of weight and body.
  • Excessive weight loss, or being seriously underweight.
  • Frequent use of laxatives, diet pills, or diuretics with the goal of losing weight.
  • Eating very little food or very few calories.
  • Missing periods, low blood pressure, lack of fat on the body, or pale or yellowish skin.
  • Depression.

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