The Dangers of Anorexic Weight Loss


Overview
Anorexia is a physical and psychological disorder that can affect both men and women. Negative body image, preoccupation with weight and body shape, and low self-esteem are among the causes of anorexia. A person's desire to achieve physical 'perfection' is linked to body weight, thus the drive to reach an ideal weight pushes them to carry out a self-made weight loss program that can jeopardize their health.

An anorexic usually follows a strict regimen in order to continuously lose weight. Obsession with counting calories, excessive exercise, use of laxatives and diuretics, and ritualistic eating and drinking are among their means of achieving the goal to be thin and to stay thin. For example, they may cut food into tiny pieces and wash them down with large amounts of water to make them feel full.

Anorexic weight loss that persists can cause serious health problems. Nutritional deficiency, electrolyte imbalance, and exhaustion from engaging in intense workouts and physical activities lead to a multitude of disorders.

Health Problems Associated with Anorexic Weight Loss
Among the health conditions linked with severe anorexic weight loss are the following:

Heart problems
Over exercising, an activity common among anorexics to achieve weight loss, can damage the heart. Anorexics may develop sinus bradycardia (irregular heartbeat), where the heart rate falls below 50 beats per minute at its resting rate. Excessive exercising and starvation can also lead to arrythmias, or an abnormal heart rate in the resting heart. Both conditions, which can be fatal, are also caused by electrolyte imbalances and dehydration.

Gastrointestinal disorders
Dehydration is common among anorexics, because of starvation and use of laxatives. Consequences include constipation, abnormal muscle activity in the esophagus, and ulcers.

Osteoporosis
Nutritional deficiency and a poor diet can disrupt normal body functioning. Among female anorexics, amenorrhea (cessation of menstruation) is common because of stressful activities accompanied by starvation. Estrogen levels decrease which results in prolonged amenorrhea that can lead to osteopenia (mild thinning of bone mass). Osteoporosis eventually develops as the bone mass continues to thin.

Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia is a condition where blood sugar levels fall below normal. Anorexics are susceptible to this because long-term starvation depletes substances in the body that are necessary for gluconeogenesis, the process of converting carbon sources into glucose. Glucose is needed for energy. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include heart palpitations, tremor, anxiety, sweating, and visual disturbances. If left untreated, seizure, loss of consciousness, and even death can occur.

Kidney stones
If calcium is scarce the body will take it from the bones, resulting in an increase of calcium serum levels. Dehydration causes the calcium serum to become more concentrated which increases the risk of kidney stones forming.

Conclusion
Anorexic weight loss occurs because of abnormal eating habits, excessive exercising, and abuse of laxatives. The dramatic loss of weight is associated with nutrient deficiency, which is linked to a number of health conditions such as heart problems, gastrointestinal disorders, osteoporosis, hypoglycemia and kidney stones. These conditions vary from mild to severe, and some can be fatal.

Resources
Anorexia Nervosa and Osteoporosis, http://womenshealth.aetna.com/WH/ihtWH/r.WSIHW000/st.48740/t.50969.html

Dangers and Health Effects of Anorexia and Starvation, http://www.healthtree.com/articles/eating-disorders/anorexia/health-effects/

Hypoglycemia, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypoglycemia/DS00198/DSECTION=symptoms

source : www.healthguideinfo.com

The Dangers of Anorexic Weight Loss Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: tiaratheblogger

18 comments:

  1. Nice post...thanks, support 4U

    ReplyDelete
  2. nice blog ..... very usefull :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Tiara..

    Thanks for thevisit :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks, support you. Nice info ;) ^^d

    ReplyDelete
  5. thank 's for visiting my blog, good luck

    ReplyDelete
  6. thanks for visit my blog.

    really good info.

    ReplyDelete
  7. thanks for dropping by my page friend...

    ReplyDelete
  8. nice blog..thanks for visiting my site..:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. nice bl0g..your blog full of information..thank! :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. thanks for sharing this information :)
    i'm visiting here

    ReplyDelete
  11. Anonymous6/01/2012

    bagus Info...

    ReplyDelete
  12. Anonymous6/01/2012

    bagus blog ..

    ReplyDelete
  13. Anonymous12/15/2012

    I was suggested this website by means of my cousin.
    I'm not positive whether or not this post is written via him as no one else realize such specific about my problem. You're wonderful!
    Thanks!
    Review my website - old holborn

    ReplyDelete
  14. Dropped by… NICE BLOG! Real Support for you !=D Don’t forget Suport Back ! Thanks a lot !=D

    ReplyDelete