What is anorexia?

Feb 26, 19 What is anorexia?

Anorexia is not just about weight

There are many misconceptions about what anorexia (or anorexia nervosa) is and what it looks like. Some think if you’re super thin that means you’re anorexic. You may because you don’t eat much or obsess about your weight means you’re anorexic. Even worse, some may think that only certain women become anorexic and it doesn’t occur in their culture or community. In truth, anorexia has many interconnected symptoms and may be a different experience for different people.

According to National Eating Disorders Association

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by weight loss (or lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children); difficulties maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature; and, in many individuals, distorted body image. People with anorexia generally restrict the number of calories and the types of food they eat. Some people with the disorder also exercise compulsively, purge via vomiting and laxatives, and/or binge eat.

Anorexia can affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and ethnicities. Historians and psychologists have found evidence of people displaying symptoms of anorexia for hundreds or thousands of years. 

I’m Black… I’m a man… I’m Asian… we don’t get anorexic

You… yes you! Or your loved one can develop anorexia. The disorder may occur with women or men. In fact, there is no race, culture, or gender where anorexia doesn’t occur.

Anorexia can affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and ethnicities. Historians and psychologists have found evidence of people displaying symptoms of anorexia for hundreds or thousands of years (NED).

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