Resources for parents of at-risk and troubled teens.



March 2010

Things to know about Anorexia

by Staff, on anorexia, anorexia nervosa, eating disorder, self esteem, teenage problem, teenager

Anorexia Nervosa is a condition of eating disorder among teenagers nowadays. Teenagers are
the major group that is affected by this condition. Anorexia is plainly defined as the
refusal to eat maybe because teenagers have the intense fear of gaining weight or becoming
fat and fear of maintaining their current body weight or maybe they have an obsessive fear
of gaining weight.
Other than an intense fear of gaining weight, Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by many symptoms
and manifestations such as the teenager has a very obvious low weight, has an intense
obsession over weight, they have a usual tendency of refusing to eat, fear of food or
weight gain. When they look in the mirror they see themselves having distorted body image,
they tend to hide or hoard foods, unusual eating habits or rituals, over- exercising,
personality changes and other behavioral changes.
This kind of eating disorder is more on the self- esteem, body image and control of the
teenager, rather than seeing the teen that she is only having a strict diet. Most of the
anorexic teens are not just simple teens; instead they are very intelligent, popular and
trying to please everyone in her surroundings. Anorexic teenagers are very intelligent in a
way that they get good grades in their school; they have lots of friends and do always
participate in school activities. They always make their parents proud in everything they
Moreover, the things mentioned above are the less danger conditions that an anorexic teen
can experience. But there is also danger if your teen is anorexic, for instance they may
develop live damage later on, menstrual problems, dizziness, fainting heart problems,
baldness, pancreatitis and others. That is why anorexia must be treated immediately to stop
these conditions from developing.
Additionally, to treat anorexia in your child makes sure that when you see those symptoms
in your teen bring her immediately to a specialist for treatment. Your teen needs an
examination to make certain that it is anorexia that your child is experiencing.  And ask
also your doctor for any other treatment or advices on how to handle your teen. Ask for
tips on how to make your child eat, as well as on how to support your child.
Learning things all about anorexia will help you handle your child more reasonably. Joining
support groups will also help you in assisting your child in her delicate situation. Staff