Anorexia Nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by the inability or refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, unhealthy weight loss and weight control methods (including inappropriate compensatory behaviors), and a distorted self-perception of body shape and size. Even when grossly underweight, many sufferers of anorexia nervosa still consider themselves “fat” and will starve themselves, purge after eating, or even resort to diuretic drugs – all of which are very dangerous and life threatening. Without help, a person suffering from anorexia may develop heart and cardiovascular system problems, or an impaired immune system, which can lead to death.
The following Physiological Characteristics and Anorexia Medical Complications are common patterns that are often seen in individuals with anorexia:
Physiological Characteristics & Medical Complications
- Extreme weight loss, thin appearance
- Weakening of the heart due to malnourishment
- Dehydration, possible impaired renal function
- Low blood pressure
- Sensitive to cold, cold hands and feet
- Growth of body hair (lanugo)
- Lowered resistance to infection
- Dizziness and muscular weakness
- Sluggish bowel, bloating
- Menstrual irregularities, including amenorrhea
- Loss of muscle tissue
- Altered brain function and size
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The good news is that for the majority of people with eating disorders, a return to good health and well-being is possible. Full recovery is possible. Eating disorder treatment providers know that recovery takes time, support, and hard work but with the right interventions, those who suffer with anorexia can be on the road to a healthier, happier, more balanced life. Our options of treatment for anorexia range from outpatient services (therapy and dietary), day (PHP) and evening (IOP) programs, residential treatment (RTC) and inpatient hospitalization — depending on the needs of the patient and the severity of the illness. At Center for Change we offer all of these levels of care in order to provide the most appropriate options and meet the needs of our patients. To learn more about our treatment program for Anorexia Nervosa or to schedule a free assessment, call 888-224-8250.