As a consequence of the causes of anorexia nervosa, the symptoms of this eating disorder are significant for friends and family to know the warning signs. When knowing what symptoms someone you know has, it will be easier to better identify what is going on with them and get them the help they need. In the article “Anorexia Nervosa” by Evelyn Attia, and Timothy B.
Walsh, mentions how Rachel, a 19-year-old college freshman, was brought by her parents for psychiatric evaluation after they said that Rachel had lost 16 lb. since her precollege physical the previous August. After her weight fell, many thought she had an eating disorder. Evelyn and Walsh declared, “Minnesota study of semistarvation that documented the association between starvation and the development of psychological symptoms frequently identified with anorexia nervosa, such as depression, anxiety, obsessionality about food, and rigidity about eating behaviors” (1807). When an individual becomes depressed most of the time some stop eating. They believe that there is no purpose anymore and should not even bother to eat or go out or even have fun, thus leading to eating disorders, because when having depression there is a lack of appetite.
For many people, anorexia is a way to have control over their life’s when it has become unmanageable. In anxiety there is also a loss of some sense of control. They feel like they do not control their body type anymore and restricting food. Having anorexia, helps them keep that sense of control because they know what they are doing to their body. A person with anorexia can become more rigid because they begin counting their calorie take and weighing themselves after a meal. Thus, having that anxiety if they think they are eating way past their calorie intake or weighing more than they want to that day.
Therefore, knowing the symptoms of anorexia will help you know if someone has this eating disorder or not. At this point, anorexia nervosa starts affecting the individual more severely. The individual begins to have negative reactions to food and begins acting differently to friends and family. In the film, Eating Disorders: Mind, Body, and Society, by the Films Media Group is about eating disorders having one of the highest mortality rates of all psychiatric conditions. The three-section program explores possible underlying biological bases for eating disorders; considers sociocultural influences on young adults and questions to what extent eating disorders may originate within the family structure.
The Film Media Group reports, “they wake up every morning worrying about what they’ve eaten the day before and what they are going to eat today.” Anorexia or any eating disorder for that matter, has an affect in our brains. There is a potential risk of other health consequences occurring. Usually those who are going through anorexia tend to live isolated lives because the disorder begins consuming the human being with negative thoughts and behaviors that can lead to destruction. When anorexia becomes stronger, any relationship with family or friends often becomes strained and later diminishes. Simply being that they spend all their time worrying about what they are going to eat and how many calories in total he or she is consuming that day.
The article, “The Enigmatic Persistence of Anorexia Nervosa” by Timothy B. Walsh is about a recent advance in cognitive neuroscience in which the author presented a formulation in which marked the persistence of anorexia. It can be understood as a well-ingrained habit.
That anorexia is a characterized disorder that is remarkable in its persistence across both the history and the affected individuals. Walsh expresses, “In the weeks or months that follow, among the few who develop anorexia nervosa, the dieting takes on a life of its own and evolves into an unrelenting pursuit that becomes the individual’s primary focus (478). This suggests that all the human being is going to care about is losing weight and dieting. While dieting might not seem bad because a lot of people do it to lose weight when it comes to dieting while having anorexia its bad.
It becomes your life because all you want to do is lose weight. It is at that point that it becomes a habit and lead to risks in health. Therefore, proving to be what can affect the individual in his or her life. Leading to be an influence on the individual, which then can be what affects the family as well.