Do you experience loss of appetite; this is what it actually means

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Loss of Appetite

 

Loss of appetite is medically referred to as Anorexia, which is a condition when there is a lack of desire to eat any food substance.

Most times it’s a symptom of some disease conditions but it could also be of a psychological disorder. Virtually everyone will experience loss of appetite at one time or the other. Eating disorder experts found out that prompt treatment significantly improve the chances of discovery. It is therefore essential to identify the experience because it’s not easily diagnosed in the hospital until several complains by the patient.

Loss of appetite as a symptom can be classified to be either serious or less serious type. The serious type is called Anorexia Nervosa, but I will explain the ways of managing them.

Management of less serious anorexia

Ordinarily less serious anorexia leaves after a while but these methods could be employed to overcome it.

  1. Get a food that you have eaten quite a longtime.
  2. Take fruits like oranges, water melon, grapes, golden melons because they natural appetite stimulants.
  3. Exercise regularly because physical exercise can stimulate.
  4. Believe you are fine now and eat.
  5. Visit your doctor or pharmacist for over-the-counter appetite stimulants.

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Anorexia Nervosa

Loss of AppetiteLet’s go into details of the serious type of anorexia, which is of psychological origin and a life threatening disorder.

 Facts about anorexia nervosa

  • Approximately 90-95% of A.nervosa sufferers are girls and women.
  • It is one of the most psychiatric diagnoses in young women.
  • nervosa has one of the highest death rates of any mental condition.
  • Between 5-20% of individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa will die. The probabilities of death increases with the range depending on the length of the condition.

The warning signs of Anorexia nervosa.

Drastic weight loss

Preoccupation with weight, food and dieting

Refusal to eat certain foods and segmenting some specific classes

Frequent concern about fatness or overweight despite weight loss

Denial of hunger

Withdrawal from usual friends and activities

Consistent excuses to avoid meal times or situations involving food

Exercise, rigid regimen- despite weather fatique illness or injury, the need to “burn off” calories taken in

Symptoms

Self-esteem overly related to body image

Inadequate food intake leading to a weight that is clearly too low

Intense fear of weight gain, obsession with weight& persistent behavior to prevent weight gain

Inability to appreciate the severity of the situation

Binge-Eating/Purging type involves binge eating and /or purging behavior during the last three months

Restricting type does not involve binge eating or purging

Differences between healthy dieting & Anorexia nervosa

Healthy dieting Anorexia Nervosa
Healthy dieting is an attempt You try to control your life and emotion
You view weight loss as a way to improve your health& appearance You view weight loss as a way to achieve happiness
Your self-esteem is based on more than just weight& body weight Your self-esteem is based entirely on how much you weigh& how thin you are.
Your goal is to lose weight in a healthy way Becoming thin is all that matters, health is not a concern

 

Effects of Anorexia Nervosa

It also very important to let you know the physical and medical effects of the symptoms;

  • Severe mood swings, depression
  • Dry yellowish skin& brittle nails
  • Tooth decay and gum drainage
  • Constipation and bloating
  • Lack of energy and weakness
  • Slowed thinking; poor memory
  • Dizziness, fainting and headaches
  • Growth of hair all over the body and face

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 Steps to recovery

Admit you have a problem

Talk to some about it

Stay away from people, places or activities that trigger your obsession with being thin.

Seek profession help.

Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa

Medical treatment: the first thing is addressing and stabilizing any serious mental issues. Hospitalization may be necessary if dangerously malnourished or placed as outpatient if no much danger is seen on evaluation

Nutritional treatment: a nutritionist plays a vital role at this stage; he or she will teach the patient on healthy eating& proper nutrition.

Counseling: proper counseling will help to erase negative though and feeling

Food is the fuel to keep you living healthy, there is no alternative.
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REFERENCES

  1. Anorexia Nervosa: National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

www.nationaleatingdisorder.org

  1. Signs and symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa, Help Guide

www.helpguide.org

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