Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that usually affects the emotional stability of a person. Anorexics develop an intense desire to lose weight, which results in a mental state of loss of appetite for food, total refusal to eat, and fear of gaining weight. Some people mistake anorexia for as simple as going on a diet or losing weight scheme. Managing anorexia nervosa involves both physical and psychological therapy.
Here are five ways to manage this eating disorder:
Because anorexia deprives the body of food, a lot of problems may occur. When you are diagnosed with anorexia, doctors need to monitor your vital signs frequently and make sure these are normal. Lack of food intake may also cause dehydration, so doctors increase the levels of electrolytes in your body.
For severe cases, doctors may attach food tubes to the mouth, nose, or directly to the stomach of the patients. This allows them to receive their nutritional needs.
Anorexia nervosa is not just a simple eating problem; it may stem from depression, anxiety, stress, and other emotional problems. In certain cases, doctors may recommend psychological treatment. As Eating Disorder Center of Denver explains, “It is important to create an environment of support, connection, therapy and openness…”
There are two kinds of psychotherapy: individual and group based. Teaching an anorexic to gain back their appetite for food does not only rely on the therapist; the support of family and friends is important. This therapy involves dealing with the core reasons behind the emotional problems that may have caused their eating disorder.
Gradual Weight Gain
The most important approach to manage anorexia is weight gain. As they have excessively lost weight, this should be gradual. Nobody can overcome their eating disorder without getting back to a normal weight.
Professional dieticians and nutritionists will draft a diet plan that involves the required amount of calories, protein, fiber, and other nutrients. Family and friends should help in implementing and maintaining normal eating habits.
The next time you call someone “as skinny as a skeleton”, think again. That person may be suffering from an eating disorder. People need to be more sensitive with how they perceive a person’s appearance.