What is anorexia nervosa? Signs, symptoms and treatment options for the common disorder – The Sun

Posted: July 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

The eating disorder is most common is teenagers, so do you have concerns about YOUR kids?

DO you think one of your teenage children could be suffering from anorexia?

The mental illness can lead to fragile bones, infertility and heart problems if left untreated. These are the signs to look out for

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Anorexia nervosa, often known as just anorexia, is a very serious mental health condition which causes the person to restrict the amount they eat.

The sufferer of the eating disorder aims to keep their body weight as low as possible by avoiding food, vomiting or exercising excessively.

The condition usually affects girls and women, however, more recently it has started affecting more boys and usually it develops at around 16 or 17 years old.

Despite being lesscommon than some other conditions, anorexia is one of the leading causes of mental health-related deaths.

Some sufferers die from malnutrition, while others sadly commit suicide.

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Usually a sufferer will go to great lengths to disguise the fact they are not eating or pretending they have eaten already.

But if you suspect someone is battling the condition there are a few signs to look out for, says the NHS, these include:

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The main symptom of anorexia is purposely losing weight by skipping meals, lying about what theyve eaten or exercise to excess, although there are a few others that indicate an issue.

Someone suffering from anorexia will likely have low self-esteem or a negative body image and feelings.

Sometimes theyll wear baggy clothes to hide their figure and will weigh themselves a lot or frequently measure themselves around the waist.

Other symptoms includephysical symptoms, such as:

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Treatment for anorexia is usually a combination ofpsychological therapy and supervised weight gain but its important for a person to start treatment as quick as possible.

Psychological treatment

There are a variety ofpsychological treatments that can beused to treat anorexia and depending on the severity of the condition, treatment will last for at least6 to 12 months or more.

Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)

Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) is based on the theory that mental health conditions such as anorexia are caused by unhealthy patterns of behaviour and thinking developed in the past.

CAT involves a three-stage process:

Interpersonal therapy (IPT),Focal psychodynamic therapy (FPT) and familyinterventions are all other techniques used to help a sufferer, as is gaining weight safely.

Around 50 per cent of people with anorexia will continue to have some level of eating problems, even after treatment.

For more information, or to seek help, please visit eating disorder charity Beats website.

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Netflix have launched a new original series, To The Bone.

The drama follows Ellen, a 20-year-old character that is battling anorexia nervosa.

Lily Collins plays the leading role alongside Keanu Reeves, who is one of the doctors working for a recovery group.

To The Bone tackles a sensitive subject, so its unsurprising that viewers have concerns about the content of the series.

One Twitter user accused the Netflix creation of generalising the eating disorder.

Another suggested that the show was glamorising the illness.

They said: I wish anorexia recovery was as romantic and funny as in Netflixs To The Bone. But its bulls***.

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