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Articles > Mental Health August, 17, 2015

Dealing with the daily battles of anorexia

Rebecca Jensen
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“Feeling like you are eating too much fat everyday and feeling like everything you eat will make you fat, yet inside you know it’s what you have to do to be healthy and normal.” Many would say this mindset is an advantage because it’s easier to gain weight than to lose it. But having experienced both, gaining weight is a lot harder than you would think, losing it is the easy part.

Most people in society don’t consider the following 5 fears very often, however people with anorexia have to face them everyday, whether it be severely or not. The most commons fears you have when battling anorexia are:

1) Eating too much fat
2) Eating too many calories
3) Parents noticing drastic changes
4) People talking about you
5) Not looking pretty

All these are thoughts that go through your head every time you think about eating. Some people even have to plan their meals a day in advance so that they are able to sleep peacefully. Many people wouldn’t notice if someone they knew had any signs of anorexia because people tend to hide it, doing things such as;

1) Wearing big hoodies to cover the fact that they have lost weight
2) Drinking a lot, eating (healthy items), when around people/friends to prove they eat a lot, and making excuses for not eating

However there are numerous signs that can indicate if a person has an eating disorder, things you should look out for if you are concerned:

1) Weight changes
2) Avoiding eating in public and going elsewhere when lunch times occur
3) Skipping meals
4) Calorie counting what ever they eat
5) Going to the toilet straight after eating every lunch and break time
6) Exercising on purpose very intensely at breaks and lunch times
7) Feeling dizzy often
8) Getting aches within their body
9) Lacking confidence that they used to have
10) Feeling self conscious
11) Having brittle hair
12) Feeling cold all the time what ever the temperature

The list goes on, most anorexia gets missed and results in the severity of the problem increasing hugely,  with people getting placed in hospitals so that they are able to gain their strength back.

The way to prevent people from declining into anorexia is to have three main meals a day, and snack (healthily) in between. Additionally, look out for your friends, and if you do see one that you’re worried about, tell their parents, because the quicker you notice their mental health disorder,  the less likely it is to become a serious problem. If you need any further information then look on:
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/anorexia-nervosa
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Anorexia-nervosa/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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