Anorexia and weight loss
There has been a lot of hype on the internet recently about anorexia and weight loss. There have been a lot of websites publishing diet content about anorexia, citing that this mentality can be utilized to achieve better weight loss results.
In this article, we are going to discuss this and figure out exactly what’s going on… but first, let’s take a look at what the term Anorexia really means.
What is Anorexia?
According to nationaleatingdisorders.org, Anorexia Nervosa is described as “a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.”
Some symptoms of the disorder could include…
- Inadequate food intake
- Intense fear of weight gain
- Obsession with weight
- Persistent behavior to avoid gaining weight
- Having a self-esteem that is unhealthily attached to body image
- The inability to see the severity of your diet/food intake situation
- Binge-eating and purging
A lot of people hype-up the benefits of an Anorexic-type mentality by touting it as a mentality that will help you to adopt better, healthier eating habits for yourself – and to a certain extent, this isn’t completely false.
But it is important to understand that Anorexia is indeed an eating disorder – one that pretty much involves starving yourself to an unhealthy level.
And therein lies the problem. People tend to think about Anorexia as something that ‘skinny people have’, so in their quest to be skinny and to look better, they begin to think that having Anorexia, or at least taking on some of the habits, would be a good thing.
If you are overweight, then yes – cutting down on your calorie consumption can make a big difference for the quality of your life and your health and well-being… but Anorexia is certainly at the extreme end of the spectrum.
Here are a few of the possible signs of actual Anorexia…
- Dramatic weight loss
- A preoccupation with dieting and weight loss, to an unhealthy or unnatural degree
- Refusal to eat certain types of foods
- Making frequent comments about being ‘fat’ or ‘overweight’
- Hunger denial
- The development of food rituals (people may chew excessively, eat foods in a certain order, arrange foods a certain way on a plate, etc.)
It is very important to understand that Anorexia is not something to glamorize, hype up, or take lightly. People who suffer from it can find themselves truly in danger of starving to death. Here are some statistics about it that might help to provide some real information about this debilitating eating disorder…
- About 90 to 95 percent of Anorexia sufferers are women and girls
- About 1% of US women suffer from Anorexia
- Between 5 and 20 percent of Anorexia sufferers will die as a result of the disorder
- Anorexia Nervosa is one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric conditions in young females
- Of all of the mental health conditions that afflict humans, Anorexia has one of the highest death rates
Should you try to use Anorexic dieting tips to lose weight?
Under no circumstances should you ever try to ‘make’ yourself think with a more Anorexic mindset. Instead, focus on healthy weight loss, fitness, and body image. Remember that being ‘skinny’ is not what is required to look good. Working out, eating healthy foods, and being a happy, positive person are all important to having a better self-image.
Getting adequate sleep is also important!
Trying to eat fewer calories isn’t a problem – and wishing that you were skinnier does not mean that you have Anorexia.
But moderation is the key. Diet habits that are too extreme can tend to be dangerous. If you have a question about what constitutes a ‘healthy’ diet habit, or are wondering how extreme you should be in your weight loss efforts, you should try consulting your doctor and asking him/her what they would recommend for weight loss.
They will doubtlessly point you in a safe and healthy direction – and can help to give you guidance that will lead to better long-term health, safety, and well-being.