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Anorexia is a condition that affects every part of you your body and your mind In theworld that we live in where on every magazine cover every tv show and even in your homeroom you see beautiful skinny girls that seem to have everything they want They seem to bepopular always happy and have the perfect body Many girls that are just beginning to gothrough adolescence feel that to be these perfect girls they have to be skinny They turn toAnorexia is a serious eating disorder in which girls have an intense fear of becomingfat The diagnostic criteria although not all patients with anorexia experience thesesymptoms are characteristics of anorexics Anorexics have a refusal to maintain body weightat or above a minimally normal weight for age and height Their weight loss leading tomaintenance of body weight is below 20 of the expected body weight of healthy individualsat the same age and height Some anorexics have a distorted body image of themselvesleading them to believe they are fat even if they are seriously underweightThe physical signs that can be seen or felt are dramatic weight loss in a relatively shortperiod of time skeletal look sunken eyes dry yellow or grey skin thinning hair hair growthon arms legs and other body parts in effort to keep heat in loss of body muscle and fatdizziness and headaches complaints of often feeling cold fainting spells inability to sleepexhaustion and their period stopping or never startingThe psychological characteristics of anorexics may include an obsession with weightand complaining of weight problems obsession with continuous exercise visible foodrestriction and self-starvation isolation and fear of eating around and with others self-defeating statements after food consumption low self-esteem needing acceptance fromothers perfectionistic personality mood swings and depression Unseen dangers of an anorexic are a shrunken heart with an irregular beat low bodytemperature brittle bones low blood pressure slower pulse and stunted growth Self-starvation if not treated eventually leads to heart and kidney disorders organ
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