One-half of the famous ‘70s band, The Carpenters, is the sister, Karen Carpenter. Aside from her smooth and soulful voice that helped her and her brother rise to fame in the ‘70s, Karen is also one of the most prominent celebrities who suffered, and unfortunately, succumb to anorexia nervosa.
Fast forward to 2018, many celebrities in Hollywood and ordinary citizens around the world still struggle and deal with the eating disorder. But unlike Karen Carpenter, people living at present have easier access to anorexia nervosa treatments and thus have better chances of recovering from the condition.
What is anorexia nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa, or simply anorexia, is an eating disorder characterized by extreme and dangerous weight loss, the fear of gaining weight, and the distortion of one’s body image. This is different from going through a diet where the goal is to trim down and reach an ideal and healthy weight that is proportionate to your body type.
People suffering from anorexia think about their weight and their image for most parts of the day. This results in strained social relationships, as well as one’s overall functionality. No matter how thin one has become, it is never enough. Two types, restricting and purging, characterize anorexia. Restricting calories from the diet, fasting, and over exercising are the common methods use by sufferers of this type of anorexia. Then, there are ones who normally eat only to end up forcefully vomiting it out, or through using laxatives or diuretics. This is known as purging.
How is it treated?
More than a physical concern, anorexia is a mental condition that you can treat by seeking professional help. Therapy, good support system, and the right amount of medication can help an anorexic person slowly gain confidence in her body and start to have a healthier lifestyle and eating habit.
Anorexia is treatable. If you or someone you know suffers from it, there is no better time to seek help than now.