Anorexia Treatment for Women
Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by distorted perceptions of body weight and shape, low self-esteem, depression, obsessive-compulsive tendencies and an extreme fear of losing control, i.e., gaining weight. Anorexia is a serious mental health issue. You or a loved with the following signs of anorexia should seek treatment as soon as possible:
- Having a body mass index less than 16, which is considered emaciated.
- Eating only enough food necessary to minimally sustain life. For example, an anorexic may limit themselves to a spoonful of oatmeal and glass of water for breakfast, a small salad at lunch and two or three bites of supper. They may drink copious amounts of water or diet soda throughout the day to help repress hunger pangs
- Developing an obsession about weighing all the food they eat. An anorexic may carry a small scale around to weight food when eating outside the home.
- Abusing laxatives, enemas and diuretics to expedite weight loss.
- Excessively exercising, sometimes more than four or five hours a day.
People who have been anorexic for years may suffer chronic health issues such as anemia, jaundice or yellow skin, an abnormal growth of body hair called lanugo, osteoporosis and even brain damage.
Women’s Anorexia Treatment options
Anorexic patients should receive a comprehensive series of therapies targeting the root cause of their eating disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional counseling, family psychotherapy and holistic activities personalized to meet the patient’s unique needs are solutions offered. Many anorexic patients have suffered emotional and/or physical abuse or were raised by uninvolved, neglectful or authoritarian parents. Strong media perceptions defining what makes women attractive is also a concept to be discussed with patients as they learn how to accept and love themselves for who they are as human beings, not sexualized objects.
If you are anorexic, participating in specialized anorexia treatment and understanding why this debilitating disease has taken over your life is important to help successfully liberate yourself from the emotional and physical pain caused by anorexia.