You can increase the chances of recovery from an eating disorder like anorexia nervosa as soon as it’s identified. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the symptoms so that you can start the treatment right away.
But how do you know if a person needs treatment for anorexia nervosa?
People suffering from anorexia nervosa have an extreme worry of gaining extra weight. They often push themselves to undergo excessive diet and exercise, sometimes even starving themselves. The signs of this eating disorder may be gradual at first. It may only start as an interest in losing weight before a certain event. But as it takes hold of the individual, the thought of losing weight intensifies.
The following are the most common symptoms and behaviors of people with anorexia nervosa:
- drastic weight loss
- wearing bulky clothes to hide their figure
- refusal to eat food that they think have carbs or fats
- avoiding eating or having meals in front of other people
- excessive exercising
- complaining about stomach pain or constipation
- making comments about themselves for being “fat”
- preparing meals for others but refusing to eat them
Importance of Early Diagnosis and Treatment
Since these people are used to hiding their condition, their health soon deteriorates before anyone around them notices it. If you notice anyone who has any of these symptoms, it’s important to encourage them to see a doctor right away. If their condition is left untreated, it may lead to other serious health complications, such as organ failure and malnutrition.
But with early diagnosis and treatment, most people who have anorexia will eventually gain back their healthy weight, and their overall health condition will soon get better.
There will always be underlying reasons people develop these eating disorders. The path to healing will not be easy for them, so stay with them and make them feel that you have their back.