For Women Only-#FWO: Are you struggling with an Eating Disorder?

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Henceforth, every splendid Wednesday on the blog would be themed #FWO-“For Women Only”. Serious health issues and other subject matters relating to women would be identified and discussed; nevertheless, this doesn’t call for the total exclusion of male participation. This is a free zone, join the conversation!

According to National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, between 85 and 90 percent of those who suffer from anorexia and associated dangerous physiological disorder are females.

What you need to know about Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa: It’s a serious potential life threatening eating disorder characterized by self starvation, abnormal and excessive weight loss, fear of food and intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted perception of body weight, and many others.

Signs and Symptoms

  1. Intense fear of weight gain
  2. Development of food rituals
  3. Solitude or withdrawal from usual friends and activities
  4. Amenorrhea: A symptom that occurs after prolonged weight loss; causes menses to stop, hair becomes brittle, and skin becomes yellow and unhealthy.
  5. Abnormal eating pattern
  6. Chronic fatigue
  7. Rapid mood swing
  8. Abuse of stimulants
  9. Excessive exercise
  10. Alcoholism
  11. Self esteem overly related to body image

Causes

The exact cause of eating disorder is unknown; however there are evidences of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural risk factors. Some of which are:

  1. Depression, anxiety, loneliness
  2. Negative self image
  3. Fear of food
  4. Genes
  5. History of child and sexual abuse
  6. High contact with sources that promote weight loss e.g. certain sports and professions
  7. Constant pressure from people to be thin
  8. Teasing, bullying and constant exposure to the media

Treatment

For an effective recovery, three major treatments for Anorexia have been highlighted:

  1. Medical treatment- this involves the treatment of anorexia nervosa and other health issues that may have resulted to malnutrition and unstable heartbeat.
  2. Nutritional treatment -involves weight restoration and implementation.
  3. Therapy- involves the goal of recognizing underlying issues associated with eating disorder and healing from traumatic life events, and further development and capacity to experience and deal with emotions

AdichieBabz Message to Women—-In search of perfection

Self love is the first step to attaining happiness. If you can’t learn to love yourself, then you may as well not know what inner happiness is. One big truth is, self love can be hard at times, especially in a society where the insecure, fragile, faultless are all bullied. Be rest assured, irrespective of your body size, or shape, don’t let society or even the media fool you into believing that there’s a perfect figure. Therefore, if you are already slim, and is still joining the struggle of obsessing over figure 8 by starving etc, please stop it, well, you’ve been brainwashed into what I‘d call “Slim is the New Catch”, hahaha…

Also remember that imperfection is perfection, and aging is an astonishing process that must take place.

Therefore, as from now one, let;s practice body positivity, let’s talk about it; let’s replace the negative mentality of our self image with positive ones, and most of all lets seize to body shame others.

Also, to everyone dealing with eating disorder in many faultless ways, remember that you are not alone. Seek help and journey on the road to recovery.

Lastly, always remember to eat, pray and love.

Thank you for reading. Feel free to leave a comment. I always reply!

If you’d also like to share your recovery story, here’s my Email: adichiebabs thank you for sharing in advance.

Don’t forget to get in touch with me on all social platforms @ adichiebabz

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anorexia_nervosa

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorexia/home/

https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/anorexia

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/anorexia-nervosa

 

 

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