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Anorexia Nervosa?

I've self-diagnosed myself with Anorexia Nervosa. Why? I skip breakfast and lunch, and then after school I try to prevent myself from getting home as long as I can so I won't be around food within my reach. When I have no choice, I go home and drink a 220 calorie drink that delays hunger for up to four hours. I then stay up in my room and do all that I can do prevent me from leaving to go into the kitchen.

I think I'm fat, though I know I can't be with my pant size. (28x30 s don't fit without belts. I'm a guy for the record.)

I don't want to start eating again because I feel different this way. I'm trying so desperately to not let my life be controlled by hunger and having the need to eat to go on.

I just don't want to eat, but I'll gladly get nutrients somehow else.

What can I do?
I do at least 40 minutes of cardio EVERY DAY along with weight training every other...

ok. i used to eat like less that 1200 calories a day 2 years ago. and i felt horrible. then i started eating right cuz i saw a nutritionist. i was sooo malnourished even if i did drink ensure plus. but yea u need to eat. u dont want to die do you?
you need to LIVE to EAT not EAT to LIVE.  (+ info)

anorexia nervosa?

can anorexia nervosa be considered a slow and painful suicide? also, how long can a person go without eating and drinking water? I don't understand why someone would want to do that to him/her self

yes. i've gone 28 days without food, but anorexia you DO drink water. in fact you drink a lot. its a mental disorder thats what no one really understands. its like depression. why would anyone want to be sad? they dont. it just happens. it comes along. then it stays with you....until you recover. fully. which unfortunately is rare.  (+ info)

Anorexia nervosa?

If you were ever diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, what were your stats (height/weight) and symptoms at the time?

I was 5'2 and 61lbs...and symptoms aren't really relevant!! I mean the doctors tell you that your heart is failing..and all your organ systems are shutting down..but one who suffers from this condition doesn't seem to care...at least I know I didn't!! however if you are talking about what an anorexic does then thats simple..it is basically a mental condition..in which one does not want eat...because of the fear of gaining weight...one is also preoccupied with the shape and size of their body. One will do whatever it takes to lose weight...for example I exercised excessively and took laxatives...to speed up the process... however every case is different...  (+ info)

What is Anorexia Nervosa and how it can be cure with natural methods?

Finding a natural remedy for a disease can be a very difficult thing. So I am looking for suggestions of natural remedies for this disease (Anorexia Nervosa). Thanks.

Anorexia nervosa is loss of appetite resulting from nervous anxiety. This nervous condition is self induced and more commonly found in the young women.
Some of its symptoms are loss of appetite, activeness but very much less sleep. Other symptoms include weight loss, stop of menstruation and lack of sexual desire, etc.

Some of the natural methods to treat it are as follows:
1. To start with the patient should fast on water and orange juice for 3-5 days.
2. Application of ice-bag over the stomach for half an hour before meals.
3. Use of sour grapes, etc.

For more information try the link below
http://www.naturaltreatmentsite.com/anorexia-nervosa.html  (+ info)

What is the difference between anorexia and Anorexia Nervosa?

okay, so. I see a lot of things on you tube, sites about anorexia, but I've been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Is there a difference? Or is it the same thing? Kind of Need to know this..

Thanks in advance to all who answer this!

Anorexia is just a shortened version of Anorexia Nervosa. Anorexia Nervosa is a bit more of a scientific, or technical term. If someone has the eating disorder, they'll say "I have anorexia.", not,"I have Anorexia Nervosa."  (+ info)

What are some causes of anorexia nervosa?

One of my childhood friends was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa a couple months ago. She was in counseling, and now she's in a treatment facility. I was just wondering what some causes of anorexia are. She wasn't overweight before, and she's always been on the slim side. If it helps, she's 19 and was in her freshman year of college.

Thanks for your answers.

Well some say that anorexia can run in families. It is suggested that a person who has a sibling with anorexia can be up to 20 times more likely to suffer from it themselves than another person.

Some research has even suggested that many anorexics are found to have high levels of serotonin in the brain. However some argue that this is a consequence rather than a cause.

Anorexia is also linked to many 'over achievers' and 'perfectionists' and sometimes to those suffering with depression or OCD. They focus on weight loss as a diversion from their psychological problems.

I personally think the main cause is social pressures from the media and the people around us.
The media promotes that being skinny, means being 'perfect', happy and successful. People are led to become unhappy with their bodies and strive to look like the unrealistic pictures they see in magazines. Another pressure is that of other people. Some anorexics had previously been overweight and/or bullied about their size.  (+ info)

What are the health risks or anorexia nervosa?

What are the health risks of anorexia nervosa? Is it possible to cause yourself to get diabetes from it?

Not diabetes, but here's a list copied word for word from another site (reference below). You don't need to worry about diabetes, but even as a teenage with anorexia heart attack is a real and serious threat to those suffering from anorexia.

If you think you or someone you know has anorexia, please ask for help.

* Irregular heartbeat and heart attack
* Anemia, often related to lack of vitamin B12
* Low potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate levels
* Increased cholesterol
* Hormonal changes (can lead to absence of menstrual periods, infertility, bone loss, and stunted growth)
* Osteoporosis
* Seizures and numbness in hands and feet
* Disorganized thinking
* Death (suicide is responsible for 50% of fatalities associated with anorexia)  (+ info)

Is there a disorder that resembles anorexia nervosa, but is entirely different?

Say, one is nervous of LOSING excess weight, and eats a lot?
I would say the opposite of Anorexia nervosa, but that sounds stupid.

No, such a thing does not exist. The closest thing I can come up with is called 'reverse anorexia' - you see this predominantly in males, especially bodybuilders. It is the pervasive feeling of "not being strong enough" and thus having to consistently work out.  (+ info)

What is the stigma associated with Anorexia Nervosa?

The stigma i got was that it was a negitive one, and that people think it is his/hers fault that they are abusing their bodies in such destructive ways. But is the stigma actually about the person suffering Anorexia Nervosa thinking their fat?

a stigma usually refers to something that a mass of people disapprove of.
But i think theres actually jealously tha that person can control what they eat and do with their bodies. .  (+ info)

How do i know i have anorexia nervosa?

Not just anorexia. I already know i have that, anorexia is just an eating disorder. But anorexia nervosa is a mental disorder and an eating disorder. So what kind of thoughts would i be having if i had anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is a mental illness- if you had anorexia nervosa you would have to fit the following standard or diagnosis:

-Patients suffering from anorexia nervosa have a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight
-Patients suffering from anorexia nervosa have a refusal to see themselves as underweight; they are incapable of understanding that their health is at risk because of their low weight
-Patients suffering from anorexia nervosa have an irrational fear of gaining weight
-The patient's weight is less than 85 percent of what is considered a healthy weight

Anorexia refers, in theory, to poor eating habits- basically you can have two days of anorexia if you're suffering from the flu because being ill diminishes your appetite. But, generally, anorexia refers to the psychological disorder- nervous loss of appetite. When you have anorexia, you are using weight as a means to express your stress. It's a really broad topic:


Try starting there. Anorexics are generally trying to obsessively organize their thoughts and daily schedules. They are very concerned with control and often have OCD behaviors outside of food, though food dominates their every waking thoughts. They constantly calculate calories and plan out when they'll eat, how they'll eat it, and what they'll eat. They isolate themselves, frequently weight themselves, and, in general, devote their lives to food.  (+ info)

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