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Handling Anorexia Nervosa

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#FixitFridays - SQUATS Expert Aakash Bansal shares information about Anorexia Nervosa this week.

Eating disorder is a serious medical illness marked by severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviour. 

Causes - combination of genetic, biological, behavioural, psychological and social factors.

Types: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder

Who is at Risk - Common among girls and younger women than older women.

 What is anorexia nervosa?

People with anorexia nervosa avoid food or severely restrict food. They are dangerously underweight, but see themselves as overweight. 

Symptoms include:
Extremely restricted eating 
Intensive and excessive exercise
Extreme thinness 
Unwillingness to maintain healthy weight
Fear of gaining weight
Distorted body image

Long Term Damage: 
Osteoporosis,Mild anaemia and muscle wasting, 
Brittle hair and nails, Dry skin, Growth of fine hair all over the body (lanugo),Severe constipation,Low blood pressure,
Damage to the function of the heart,Feeling cold all the time,Lethargy, sluggishness, or feeling tired and Infertility

Treatment:
Psychotherapy, such as talk therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Medications such as  antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. 
Nutritional Counselling and Weight Restoration Monitoring.

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