Anorexia nervosa, sometimes just called anorexia, is an eating disorder that can be deadly. Anorexia is prevalent in teen girls, although some boys may suffer from this disorder. Some of the signs and symptoms of anorexia are:
- Intense fear of gaining weight
- Skipping meals/making excuses for not eating
- Complaints about being fat
- May vomit, misuse laxatives, diuretics or enemas to lose weight, although purging like this is “bulimia”
- Excessive exercise
People with anorexia and/or bulimia need treatment, oftentimes as an inpatient and follow up outpatient. Professional help is needed to deal with the health issues and the underlying emotional issues that cause this disease and as well as behavioral steps and support in recovery. This link describes the story of one young woman who tragically weighs just 44 pounds after struggling with this disease for many years. This story may be extreme but it is important to know that Anorexia Nervosa can sometimes start with simply dieting and exercise abuse and grow into something much more serious.
Dr. Rebeck has worked with many families with issues such as eating disorders. Make an appointment to discuss your next steps.