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Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is an illness that usually occurs in females but can also occur in males as well People with this disorder are obsessed with being thin Their biggest fear is gaining weight and gaining weight is seen as a loss of control They believe they are fat even though they become thinner and thinner People with Anorexia feel safe secure and comfortable with their illness Anorexia isnt just a problem with food or weight its an attempt to use food and weight to deal with emotional problems and gain control People with this disorder use weight loss as a way to control their bodies People will starve themselves avoid eating high-calorie foods and exercise constantly Someone with Anorexia will start out dieting to lose weight Eventually losing weight soon becomes an obsession or addiction just like gambling or smoking It makes them feel like they are good at something good at losing weight Anorexia can have very harmful effects on peoples lives and it can affect their families along the way Although there are some causes of Anorexia the reason some people develop the disorder isnt known Some people may believe they would be happier if they were thinner They might want everything in their life to be perfect and they blame themselves if everything isnt Some other causes might be the fear of gaining weight or someone who always thinks they are fat may become anorexic They might be pressured into being thin and attractive when they see the perfect models on tv Treatment of anorexia is difficult because people suffering with this disorder either believe that there is nothing wrong with them or they try to hide it But It is possible to have a successful recovery In order to do so patients must want to change and have family and friends to help them along the way Weight gain is the most common way for patients to be treated
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