Presentation on theme: "Anorexia Nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disordereating disorder People who have anorexia have an intense fear of gaining weightgaining."— Presentation transcript:
Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disordereating disorder People who have anorexia have an intense fear of gaining weightgaining weight They severely limit the amount of food they eat and can become dangerously thin.
Anorexia affects both the body and the mind. it may start as dieting, but it gets out of controldieting, but it gets out of control You think about food, dieting, and weight all the time.weight all the time. You have a distorted body imagebody image
Other people say you are too thin, but when you look in the mirror, you see a fat person. Anorexia usually starts in the teen years It's much more common in females than males. If not treated early, anorexia can become a lifelong problem
Untreated anorexia can lead to starvation and serious health problems, such as bone thinning(osteoperosis) kidney damage heart problems heart problems Death
The highest death rate of any mental illness. Between 5% and 20% of people who develop the disease eventually die from it.
Causes Eating disorders are complex, and experts don't really know what causes them. But they may be due to a mix of family history, social factors, and personality traits. You may be more likely to have anorexia if: Other people in your family have an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia nervosa.bulimia nervosa. You have a job or do a sport that stresses body size, such as ballet, modeling, or gymnastics. You are the type of person who tries to be perfect all the time, never feels good enough, or worries a lot. You are dealing with stressful life events, such as divorce, moving to a new town or school, or losing a loved one.
Signs/Symptoms People who have anorexia: Weigh much less than is healthy or normal. Are very afraid of gaining weight. Refuse to stay at a normal weight. Think they are overweight even when they are very thin.
Their lives become focused on controlling their weight. They may: Obsess about food, weight, and dieting. Strictly limit how much they eat. Vomit or use laxatives or water pills (diuretics) to avoid weight gain. Exercise a lot, even when feeling sick
How Can YOU Help? If you're worried about someone you know: Tell someone who can make a difference, like a parent, teacher, counselor, or doctor. A person with anorexia may insist that they don't need help, but they do. The sooner they get treatment, the sooner they will be healthy again.