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Articles: Anorexia - Do you need help?

Eating Disorders: Anorexia


Do you struggle with an eating disorder? Do you wonder if you are anorexic?

Anorexia is considered a mental illness. It exists along a continuum, with some cases being obvious and other cases being more subtle.
Some cases of anorexia nervosa are obvious: mostly women and a growing number of men starving themselves to the point of near-death.

This is anorexia at its most acute. The disease controls your body, mind, and soul completely prevents you from living the life you deserve.

Anorexia, however, may not be so obvious. You may be a normal body weight, and on the outside everything might look like it is fine. But on the inside you are suffering; you are being controlled by anorexia, by a silent voice of torment that whispers silently that you are not good enough unless you control your body and your food intake perfectly.

The causes of anorexia are complex, and include cultural pressures, media influence, parental influence, brain chemicals, genetic pre-dispositions and a number of other factors. Regardless of the causes, there are many treatments available to improve the quality of your life.


Don’t assume that because you are not hospitalized you are not suffering and are not in need of help. The fact is you deserve to experience a life of joy, happiness, love, and peace. If you are not able to experience this because of a tormented relationship with food and your body, then please seek help. Left to its own devices, anorexia will rob you of the life you deserve.


If you are wondering if you need help, the most important question is: Are you suffering?


Do you have a peaceful relationship with food and your body or is it a struggle? Do you obsess and ruminate endlessly about your weight? Do you worry constantly about gaining weight or losing weight? Are you tormented by your thoughts and your feelings about your body and yourself?


If you answer to these questions is yes, you should seek help. You may be suffering from anorexia or another eating disorder. The exact label is not important. What is important is that you identify your suffering, commit to doing something about it, and know that a life of peace, harmony, laughter, and love awaits you.





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