Featured Anorexia Articles
Descriptions of Featured Anorexia Articles
Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an irrational fear of gaining weight -- even when dangerously thin. As this eMedTV article explains, anorexia can lead to severe health risks, including cardiac arrest, brittle bones, and brain damage.
Signs of Anorexia
Common signs of anorexia include reduced muscle mass, compulsive exercising, anemia, and brittle nails. This eMedTV article discusses other symptoms of the condition in detail, from the early stages of the disease to when it is more advanced.
Anorexia and Bulimia
Two types of eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia -- both involve drastic measures to lose weight. This article takes a closer look at each of these disorders and provides links to more detailed information.
Avoidance of food and obsession with exercise are possible anorexia symptoms. This eMedTV article provides detailed information about early signs and symptoms, as well as information about symptoms that occur when anorexia is more advanced.
The anorexia statistics in this eMedTV article indicate that while the related death rate is higher than all other causes of death in women, more men are developing the disease. These statistics also show that the problem is a global one.
As this eMedTV page explains, anorexia in males is not much different from anorexia in females. This article points out how men with the eating disorder suffer from the same problems -- and how the same treatment methods are often applied.
Causes of Anorexia
The exact causes of anorexia are not known; however, as this page of the eMedTV library explains, possible risk factors include biochemistry, personality traits, and genetics. This page explains these risk factors in detail.
Possible anorexia causes include genetics, biochemistry, and environmental factors. As this page of the eMedTV archive explains, more research is needed before the causes of this condition can be precisely determined.
No universal treatment for anorexia will cure everyone with the condition. Rather, as this eMedTV article explains, a combination of treatments, such as counseling, medications, and hospitalization, is used to return the person to normal weight.
Warning Signs of Anorexia
Of the warning signs of anorexia, excessive weight loss is the most obvious. However, as this eMedTV article explains, there are often subtle warning signs as well, such as dressing in layers and conducting elaborate rituals around food.
Appetite control biology, hormones, and genetics are current areas of focus to better understand anorexia. This eMedTV resource discusses ongoing anorexia research in detail, explaining preliminary findings and their link to the eating disorder.
Treatment for Anorexia
Early anorexia treatment gives the best chance of restoring a person to normal weight. As this eMedTV Web page explains, treatment for this condition may involve medications, nutritional counseling, and, in severe cases, hospitalization.
Health Risks of Anorexia
People with anorexia are at risk of psychological issues, cardiac failure, and even death. This eMedTV article describes anorexia's health risks in detail, including those that remain after the disease has been treated.