Anorexia nervosa is the loss of desire for food. Anorexics may become hungry, but the thought of food is repugnant. Gradually the person becomes emaciated and may finally die…. unless they get help. Both males and females suffer from this disorder, but the majority are women. It generally affects girls of upper-middle class families between the ages of 12 and 18. These girls usually achieve high marks in school, and are well behaved and cooperative at home, but may become moody, rigid and perfectionistic. They are often shy and find it difficult to make friends.
Anorexics have a morbid fear of being fat and they’ll do anything not to eat. They are very clever, and will try to appear as though they are eating well. Some squash up their food and hide it in their pockets. Many anorexics exercise vigorously every day to keep their weight down. Some spend a lot of time reading recipes and cooking for others. Anorexic girls almost always deny that they are losing too much weight or wasting away.
Many other health problems follow on from anorexia. If you are experiencing eating problems yourself, or if you are concerned about a family member or friend, we can help. The staff at The Anna Centre are warm, friendly people, and have many years of experience in helping people overcome eating problems. You will gain insight into how the pattern of not eating has come about, and will learn how to get back to eating normally.
You will learn more appropriate ways of coping with your problems, and how to feel better about yourself. Other family members may participate in the treatment, learning the role they can play in the anorexic person’s recovery.