Symptoms and Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa
- Genetic factors.
- Zinc deficiency in the body.
- Various psychological illnesses.
- The main symptoms of this disease include loss of menstrual periods, refusal to maintain a body weight, fear of weight gain and feeling obese despite dramatic weight loss.
- Weight loss (more than 2 pounds a week).
- Anxiety of being fat.
- Refusal to eat certain foods.
- Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, fat and dieting.
- Denying hunger.
- Development of food rituals.
- Excuses avoiding eating.
- Excessive exercise even despite weather, fatigue and illness.
- Withdrawal from usual friends and activities.
- Frequent comments about overweight despite losing weight.
- Making the body weight to rise to normal level for the patients affected by this disease.
- The patients must consult a psychiatrist to have a clear mind and understand their problem.
- Various other disorders must be treated simultaneously.
As a result of these effects, the human body is affected adversely leading to various abnormalities like-
- Slow heart rate.
- Low blood pressure.
- Muscle loss.
- Reduction in bone density.
- Severe dehydration leading to kidney failure.