How many of you have ever battled an eating disorder or known someone with an eating disorder? One or two of every 100 students will struggle or have struggled with an eating disorder. An anonymous quote from someone who struggled an eating disorder once said “Nothing matters when I’m thin”. Anyone of us in this room is at risk of an eating disorder. Females have to maintain that ‘normal’ look to fit in with society. More guys are seeking help for eating disorders as well. Guys with eating disorders tend to focus more on athletic appearance or success than just on looking thin. I’m going to inform you today about anorexia; what it is, signs, causes, effects, and possible treatments to help it.
First, I will tell you what anorexia is. People with anorexia have an extreme and irrational dread of becoming fat and they have a distorted view of their body size and shape. They will hardly eat at all and the small amounts of food they do eat become an obsession. When you suffer from anorexia, no matter who much you weight you have lost, its never enough. There are two types of anorexia called Restricting Type and Purging Type. In Restricting Type weight loss is accomplishes by a very restrictive diet on calories. People who are restrictively anorexic follow drastic diets, go on fasts, and exercise in extreme amounts. The Purging Type simply vomit and use alternatives such as laxatives to lose the weight.
I will now turn to signs of anorexia. When people begin to have an extreme fear of being or becoming fat that is one on the first warning signs. Becoming very thin, frail or emaciated in a very short time period should shoot up red flags. Weighing herself or himself often, counting or proportioning food very carefully, pretending to eat, and denying being extremely thin are other signs of anorexia. A person that is suffering anorexia might suffer depression and become lethargic, which is a person who lacks energy.