Anorexia is the loss of appetite for food whereas anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder; a disease where the sufferer is obsessed with weight loss and dieting. It has been proven that an anorexic thinks about food almost 100% of the time, as the drastic loss of weight and lack of calories and nutrients for energy causes a natural reaction in the to body to crave food in an effort to get fuel for energy.

Anorexia is characterised by a severe restriction of food intake, often resulting in an abnormally low body weight. Those affected by anorexia may have an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image and may engage in behaviors such as excessive exercise or self-induced vomiting. It is a serious mental health condition that requires professional help.

Within the addiction recovery community, anorexia is recognised as a form of addiction that manifests through an unhealthy relationship with food and body image. It is key to address both the addiction and the underlying mental health issues to promote long-term recovery.

Rehabilitation facilities often offer comprehensive treatment programs for individuals struggling with anorexia. These programs may include individual therapy sessions, group therapy, nutritional counselling and medical monitoring. The aim is to assist individuals in developing a healthier relationship with food, improving body image and addressing any underlying psychological issues.

It is worth noting that anorexia has a complex history that dates back centuries. However, it wasn’t until the late 19th century that it was formally recognised as a medical condition. Since then, advancements in research and understanding have led to improved treatment options and increased support for those affected by anorexia.

If you or someone you know is struggling with anorexia or any other addiction, it is key to seek professional help.

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