Anorexia is an eating disorder where people starve themselves.
Anorexia usually begins in young people around the onset of puberty. Individuals suffering from anorexia have extreme weight loss. Weight loss is usually 15% below the person’s normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight.
Weight loss is obtained by many ways. Some of the common techniques used are excessive exercise, intake of laxatives and not eating.
Anorexics have an intense fear of becoming fat. Their habits develop from this fear. Anorexia mainly affects adolescent girls.
People with anorexia continue to think they are overweight even after they become extremely thin, are very ill or near death. Often they will develop strange eating habits such as refusing to eat in front of other people. Sometimes the individuals will prepare big meals for others while refusing to eat any of it.
Latest research on human brain realized by scientists from Pittsburg University show that anorexia is closely connected to cerebral activity. According to the researches, a woman from one hundred with age comprised between 15 and 30 suffer from this affection.
According to an experiment which included 13 healthy women and 13 women who suffered from this disease and recovered after it, it has been discovered that areas from the brain responsible with emotional responses show major differences when they were losing of winning something.
In the case of those women who recovered from anorexia, the differences were barely noticeable. Anorexic people have difficulties in appreciating pleasure with promptitude. Another area of the brain responsible with notions’ anticipations and planning was more active to anorexic women than to healthy women.
Those persons who suffer from anorexia have obsessive concerns regarding their behavior, they search for rules even where there are no rules and exaggerate the mistakes they make.