Anorexia Nervosa, also called Anorexia, is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder that is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. The disorder is diagnosed when a person weighs at least 15% less than his or her normal/ideal body weight. Extreme weight loss in people with Anorexia Nervosa can lead to dangerous health problems and even death.
People with Anorexia tend to be very high achievers, performing very well in school, sports, work, and other activities. They tend to be perfectionists with obsessive, anxious, or depressive symptoms.
Untreated, Anorexia nervosa can lead to:
- Damaged organs, especially the heart, brain, and kidneys
- Drop in blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rates
- Loss of hair
- Irregular heart beat
- Thinning of bones (osteoporosis)
- Fluid-electrolyte imbalance
- Death from starvation or suicide
If you or a loved one needs help “changing their thinking” about this disease, please call me. I can help.