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Anorexia Nervosa is an illness that mainlyaffects adolescent girls but it can also occur in boys People with anorexia are obsessed with being thin Themost common features are loss of weight and change intheir behaviour The weight loss may become severe andlife threatening There personality changes will bethose of increasing seriousness and introversion and anincreasing tendency to become obsessional Victims ofanorexia will usually begin to lose contact with theirfriends and will regress and appear to lose theirconfidence Victims may also become less assertive lessargumentative and more dependent They believe they arefat even though they are very thin Anorexia isnt justa problem with food or weight it is a attempt to usefood or weight to deal with emotional problemsAnorexia Nervosa is an illness of several causes The weight loss that triggers the illness is often theresult of a very normal weight lose diet of the sortthat is typical of many adolescent girls but may be theresult of unhappiness or illness Those who become illoften share the characteristics and these are thought tomake then vulnerable The personalities of these girlstend to be conformist compliant and hard working These traits are usually accentuated by the disorder The families of anorexics are mainly high achieving withhigh expectations of their children They often seem todiscourage individual growth and encourage conformity There is frequently a failure to express emotionalissues There are often a lot of pressures such as examswhen the illness starts and stress arising fromdifficulties in relationships with friends are alsocommon The reason some people get anorexia isnt known People with anorexia may believe they would be happierand more successful if they were thin They wanteverything in their lives to be perfect People who havethe disorder are usually good students they are involvedin many school and community activities They blamethemselves if theyre not perfect Girls with anorexia usually stop having menstrualperiods People with anorexia have dry skin and thinninghair on the head They also may have a growth of finehair
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