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Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to eat for fear of weight gain An anorexic may appear to not have an appetite even though signs of hunger are there the anorexic wont respond to them The loss of appetite is due to emotional states such as anxiety irritation anger and fear An average case of this disease is of a young woman who is obsessed with the idea of being thin and restricts her food intake to the point of danger she may alternate fasting with periods of binging bulimia Some symptoms of the disease are intense fear of becoming obese that does not diminish as weight loss progresses disturbance of body image such as claiming to feel fat even when emaciated refusal to maintain body weight over a minimal normal weight for age and height self-induced vomiting or use of laxatives andor extensive exercise Anorexia is thought to be a psychological disorder and often occurs as the result of emotional problems Some factors that contribute to the disease are fear of growing up fear of sexuality rejection of ones body a dysfunctional family system with a controlling mother and an uninvolved father excessive pressure for thinness also nervous system abnormalities or metabolic changes The anorexic is usually described as the perfect child They are often popular obedient respectful and are often good students Parents of anorexics can be very domineering or have unreasonable expectations of their child This may leave the child feeling that the only area they have any control over in their life is their diet In general an anorexic usually has low self-esteem which is usually the main cause of the disorder Some effects of anorexia are the breaking down of muscle tissue for energy lowered levels of heart rate BMR and body temperature also loss of muscle tissue can cause permanent heart damage Treatment of anorexia requires a team of professionals physicians nurses psychiatrists family
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