Have you ever seen someone who eats around the clock, despite how much they eat, they keep losing weight. What could be the reason? What is anorexia nervosa? What are the symptoms of anorexia nervosa? All these and many more are what you will learn in this article.
What is anorexia nervosa? It is an eating disorder characterized by low weight, fear of getting too big, which makes a sufferer to eat less, thus becoming a condition that is not easy to control.
Anorexia symptoms are very evident in people who has the eating disorder such as low weight, compulsive attitude to exercise frequently in order to lose weight. Have you ever seen celebrities who look so thin, yet they love it that way? That might be anorexia nervosa in display. Sometimes it’s psychologically entwined that it’s not easy to break from the thought of consuming less food.
The cause of anorexia nervosa is still idiopathic i.e. not known yet it evidences suggests genetic link especially in identical twins. According to a WebMD report, Anorexia nervosa affects women more than men, and the disorder affects about 1% and 0.3% of adolescent girls and boys respectively in the USA with manifestation of compulsive disorders and consistent addiction to controlling body weight, fat, size and appearance.
One of the first signs of anorexia is drastic weight loss with poor body gait.
Signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa
Just like every other eating disorders, anorexia symptoms looks more psychological in nature. The following are symptoms of anorexia:
1. Bone porosity
Osteporosis is one of the few complications associated with anorexia nervosa. This makes bones prone to breakages. Constant bone fractures is actually of the anorexia nervosa symptoms.
2. Irregularities in menstruation period
Women who have anorexia nervosa do have irregularities in their monthly cycles as well as delay in ovulation due to lack of necessary nutrients and minerals their body need to process and drive the menstrual cycle effectively.
Another example of signs of anorexia nervosa is infertility. It is due to irregularities in menstrual cycles as well as delay or absence of ovulation.
4. Anxiety and depression
Depression and anxiety is strongly associated with low energy and fatigue which goes along with inadequacies in nutrition.
5. Dramatic and rapid weight loss
Another classic symptoms of anorexia is fast and rapid weight loss which is actually the end result of such thought process that contributes to poor feeding in the first place.
Orthostatic hypotension is also common in those who have anorexia nervosa. Orthostatic hypotension is related to body posture.
Mouth odor is also another instance of symptoms of anorexia nervosa. Absence of vital nutrients in the body may cause oral micro-flora which causes bad breath.
8. Chronic fatigue
Fatigue and low energy especially during the day is instance of anorexia nervosa symptoms.
This is very evident in people who has poor or low carbohydrate and sugars in their body. Energy supply in the body will undergo serious deficit and such may lead to tremors and inconsistency of thoughts.
Lesser than normal amount of glucose in the blood stream is another symptom of anorexia. This is due to less or lower levels of glucose in the body. This may also lead to rapid loss of ‘good’ fat in the body which may cause other complications.