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Anorexia

Although nearly 95% of those diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa are adolescences, men and women of any age may develop this disorder. People with Anorexia will go to extremes to stay thin - including starving themselves or eating very little, exercising excessively, and weighing themselves constantly. Many have an intense fear of being fat which consumes their life and emotions. Starvation can seriously affect the body. It causes kidney, heart, and liver damage, as well as Osteoporosis and infertility. That's only naming a few.

Signs of Anorexia

Sudden weight loss

Refusal to eat

Thinning hair

Dry and yellow skin

Lack of menstrual period

Feeling cold all the time

Bulimia

About 30% of patients with Bulimia were also once Anorexic. Like with Anorexia, people with Bulimia have an extreme need to be thin. With this disorder, they will eat food - sometimes excessively - however purge this food by inducing vomiting or using laxatives. Serious health risks arise from this behavior, including heart attacks, organ damage and esophagus damage. This damage is permanent and irreversible.

Signs of Bulimia

Frequent bathroom trips

Swollen glands on face or neck

Decaying teeth

Foul breath

Mood swings

For more symptoms, health risks and information on treatment, visit: Health Works

Treating Anorexia, Bulimia, and any other eating disorder IMMEDIATELY is extremely important. An eating disorder is a serious situation that should not be taken lightly. 20% of patients with Anorexia die either from heart failure or simply from starvation. Patients with Bulimia could eventually die from complications due to the damage caused by purging.

A qualified physician or center should be immediately contacted before the disorder progresses. Success is usually greater when the disorder is treated in its early stages. If you or someone you know exhibit signs of an eating disorder, you should contact help immediately. To find a help center in your area, try edreferral.com

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