Anorexia nervosa is one type of eating disorder in which a person severely limits the amount of food he or she eats to prevent weight gain or lose weight. Many people with anorexia have a fear of gaining weight or believe they are obese (overweight) even when they are not. Anorexia causes serious health problems and has the highest mortality rate of any other mental health illness and a high suicide rate. Therefore, it is important to take any warning signs or symptoms of the disorder seriously.
Anorexia Nervosa: Parents as Part of the Treatment Team
Anorexia Nervosa is a biologically-based disorder that involves restricting one’s food intake, leading to significantly low body weight. Anorexia is accompanied by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of one’s body.
Parents and caregivers are an integral part of recovery and, as a result, are one of the most important members of the treatment team.
The Netflix movie To the Bone portrays a semi-autobiographical story about a 20-year-old girl named Ellen and part of her journey through recovery from an eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. Overall, this movie seeks to raise awareness about something that doesn’t get enough discussion. But in doing so, it raises many questions.
As the medical director of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Eating Disorders Program, I am a passionate advocate, but I must be honest – I was skeptical when asked to write about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
On Our Sleeves Resources
On Our Sleeves: Wilted Flower
What does a wilted flower mean to you? The bowed shape of the flower is telling … a shape that emotes shyness … nervousness. I don’t want you to see me. Maybe you don’t want to be called on in class or in a group setting. You want to hide from the rest of the world.
On Our Sleeves: Butterfly
Just as a butterfly symbolizes our unlimited potential through the support and love we give to one another, it reminds us that our hope can be bigger than our fears.