Psychological Factors Of Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder. It creates a non-healthy obsession in people about what they eat. They may obsess negatively about their weight and might starve or stop eating altogether. Studies conducted in Australia and New Zealand has seen an increased surge in the number of anorexia nervosa patients identified in the youth community. It was seen that almost half of adolescent girls are seen to have practices extreme dieting. They have done induced vomiting and also smoke so as to keep their weight down (NEDC, 2014). In surveys conducted by NEDC it was able to establish that more than 75 percentage of girls thought that they were fat or that they needed to reduce weight. In addition the girls opined that they either diet moderately which puts them at a risk consciousness of more than 18 fold risk. In fact the risk of obesity and consequentially the risk of the eating disorder is actually high for the dieter rather than the non-dieter. People having anorexia nervosa might end up maintaining a lower than normal body weight as …show more content…
Individual personality traits, group behavior, addictive behavior and more are identified as potential risk grounds. People with eating disorders tend to be obsessed with perfectionism; they would be obsessive compulsive or would be highly neurotic. In addition these people could also have a very low emotional threshold, high negative emotions, might have low self esteem or might have an avoidant personality disorder. In addition to these psychological factors, it can be seen that starvation and other conditions of anorexia nervosa might lead to more traits, creating a cyclical negative cycle. Prolonged starvation might lead to more moodiness or depression, more behavioral deviances and changes. Both Physiological and Psychological changes therefore feed off one

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