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Anorexia Nervosa

A chapter in the book Beauty for Ash and Stone

Eating Disorders - Day 21

by MelB




Background
Christian Devotional for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Day 21
~ Eating Disorders – Anorexia ~
 
Mirror-Mirror.org reports a high number of people suffering from eating disorders who have also experienced some form of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.  Around 30 percent of victims that have a form of trauma in their lives suffer from an eating disorder.  Trauma comes in the form of neglect, abuse, accidents, and sexual assault or rape.
 
Sexual abuse victims feel hopelessness and loss of control; so, will drastically control their weight.  This comes in the form of restricting food or starvation in anorexia nervosa or overeating and binging and purging food in bulimia nervosa.  Women are more likely to develop eating disorders, including bulimia, binge eating and anorexia. 

Anorexia involves irrational fear of food, as well as life threatening weight loss.  Body image is distorted and there is an obsessive fear of obesity.  Food intake is rigidly controlled, even though hunger exists.  The victim may believe if they are thinner, the abuser would be happy and stop harming them.  It may also be a form of punishment, believing they don’t deserve anything good.  The person may feel “dead” inside and restrict food to “starve” the pain out of their body.

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders states between 85 and 90 percent of those who suffer from this dangerous psychological disorder are female.  It commonly starts in the teenage years or young adulthood.
Food is the anorexic’s enemy.  Refusal to eat around others, cutting food in small pieces and rearranging it on the plate to avoid eating or refusal to eat are visible signs of this disorder.  The anorexic often disappears into the bathroom after a meal.  Excessive exercise, purging, laxatives, diuretics, diet pills and other methods are used to lose weight.

Anorexia sufferers refuse to acknowledge their condition, keep their weight under normal (85 percent or less than normal), have intense fear of being fat, obsessed with weight loss, and refuse to see the danger of being underweight.  Common physical signs are severe muscle loss, thinning hair, brittle nails, extreme sensitivity to cold, and yellow, dry skin.  There may also be bone loss, dry mouth, low blood pressure and alopecia.  Missed or stopped periods are common in females.  Slowing metabolism, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, lack of physical strength, chronic fatigue, kidney, liver or thyroid problems, and other nutritional deficiencies may present.  Slow thinking, inability to concentrate, and depression may occur.  Anorexia can be a deadly disorder and the suicide rate is also high.

 

“But I call upon God; and the Lord will save me. He will deliver my soul in safety from the battle that I wage.”
Psalm 55:16,18



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This is a Christian devotional book for survivors of sexual abuse. It is not meant to be the primary source, but a single tool used in conjunction with other resources, in addition to counseling and/or a sexual abuse support group. The "chapters" are short because they will be pages, not chapters in the book. Each day is meant to build on from the previous day. If you are reading a single "chapter," you may not understand the full intention of this book.

Seek medical treatment if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or Bulimia.com at 1-888-232-6949.

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