Anorexia is an eating disorder created by self starvation and can be accompanied with excessive exercising to shed those pounds. We all like to be attractively slim and many find themselves regularly trying the latest diet fad and/or the latest fitness regimen to achieve this. While it can be healthy to lose a few pounds, and certainly a real self esteem booster when you start to get compliments of how good you look – Is your diet really good for you? Or is your diet putting you at risk of getting anorexia?
When the goal or feel good feeling from your weight loss goes to far, it is possible to slip into the danger zone of anorexia (also known as Anorexia Nervosa). The early warning signs can often go UN-noticed by the dieter, until others may start to point out how sickly you look, or make comments about you looking to thin and ask it you are actually eating.
Early Signs of Anorexia Nervosa
During the early stages of anorexia it is common to feel a little unwell, but many in this danger zone, put it down to normal day to day stresses, premenstrual symptoms, side effects from medications or some other health issue they have. If you are dieting or have eliminated certain food groups from you daily diet and have feelings of unwellness that are escalating, then you may need to re-think your diet habits and seek medical assistance. Falling into a life of being deeply effected with anorexia is no joy-ride, and can quickly lead to various illnesses and death.
The early Signs:
- Excessive weight loss
- Very thin or gaunt looking in appearance
- Often Fatigued – lose energy quickly
- Feel run down
- Balance problems – lose your balance
- Irregular heart beat
- Dry brittle hair and/or nails
- Dry pale skin
- Trouble concentrating
- Intolerance to cold temperatures
- Have suddenly stopped getting your period (premenstrual cycle)
It is important to note that the above symptoms are only the warning signs that you may be at risk of anorexia. The symptoms could also be a sign of other health issues. If you do experience the symptoms above it is crucial to seek professional medical advice.
The body needs vitamins and nutrients to function properly. When your diet is lacking in a good all round balance of nutrients and vitamins, various illnesses are likely to develop. Even though you may feel good losing weight – always keep to balanced healthy diet programs.
Article written by Wen Dee
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