“You look great! Have you lost weight?” -- I was always a little bigger than my friends, but hearing that comment drove me to go beyond the extremes of losing weight; I became anorexic.
These days, being skinny or “fit” is the new pretty. Even on Instagram, those that are skinny or in workout clothes get the most likes because that’s what is deemed “beautiful”. We constantly compare ourselves to these “beautiful” individuals making it our goal to get to where they are. Everything from dieting, becoming gym junkies, skipping meals, or even plastic surgery. As we continue our quest, no matter how hard or how much we view the mirror or whatever compliments we receive, it’s never enough; I’m still fat.
Anorexia Nervosa is a mental illness eating disorder with the person having a strong desire to be thin, creating unhealthy eating habits and harming the individuals’ overall health.
Signs of Anorexia are (not limited to):
-- Low body mass index
-- Restricting food intake
-- Excessive use of Laxatives, diet pills, and purging food after meals.
-- Denial of body image
-- Obsessive fear of obesity
are amongst the limited signs of Anorexia.
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