3 Things You May or May Not Know About Anorexia Nervosa

Young man suffering from anorexiaDo you know that about 24 million Americans suffer from some form of eating disorder? And about half of these people are also known to be suffering from some kind of depression. Anorexia Nervosa is one of the major eating disorders and here are three things you need to know about this condition.

Anorexia nervosa is one of the three major eating disorders

There are many types of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characters by the fear of becoming fat or gaining weight. Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder wherein affected individuals binge eat and then vomiting or purging it all out. Lastly, Binge Eating Disorder or BED is an eating disorder wherein diagnosed people continue to eat until they become uncomfortably full.

Anorexia Nervosa can be treated

Like the other types of eating disorders, anorexia nervosa is treatable, but the first step towards getting better is getting diagnosed. Getting that diagnosis is very important because as much as 9 percent of women in the US suffer from anorexia within their lifetime and about 1 in 5 die due to suicide. Anorexia Nervosa treatment varies, but the most common methods include medical intervention, family counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and reintroduction of healthy and proper nutrition.

Anorexia Nervosa patients need a strong support system

The success of anorexia nervosa treatments requires a strong support system from family, friends, and the community. This is why family counseling is included in the list of treatments for the eating disorder. Setting a good example for health and self-acceptance, proper nutrition, and exercise are crucial. Learning how to communicate and help the right way is also vital.

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Getting Help

It’s important to learn as much as you can about eating disorders to help your family member or friend who is suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. Getting educated about the eating disorder, its causes and repercussions are one of the best things you can do to help someone out.