Anorexia is a very sensitive issue to talk about with many people, for many reasons.
In short is an eating disorder where people starve themselves, and as a result can die from a lack of nutrients or other health problems that come with being malnourished.
Anorexia usually begins in young people around the onset of puberty, where individuals often feel they look or appear too fat.
As a result they begin to starve themselves and they do not eat food, to eliminate fat they feel is there. There are also cases where some people suffering anorexia will eat food, only to throw it back up, or regurgitate, minutes after completing their meal due to guilt.
Other common techniques used by people with anorexia include excessive exercise, intake of laxatives and even liposuction in extreme cases.
Basically, anorexics have an intense fear of becoming fat. Their dieting habits develop from this fear and it usually and most commonly affects adolescent girls.
The disorder is also thought to be most common among people of higher socioeconomic classes and people involved in activities where thinness is desired and looked upon.
Those who thrive to be successful in sports or activities like dancing, theater, and distance running can often suffer from anorexia.
The symptoms for anorexia include ones body weight not being consistent with age, (usually 15% below normal weight), refusing to eat in public, anxiety, brittle skin, weakness, and shortness of breath.
It is also a giveaway if you find someone you know obsessed with calorie intakes, and obsessed with losing imaginary fat.
The many medical risks associated with anorexia include shrunken bones, mineral loss, low body temperature, irregular heartbeat, permanent failure of normal growth, development of osteoporosis and bulimia nervosa.
Bulimia, however, should not be confused with anorexia. The difference between the two is that people with bulimia east food then throw it up; anorexics just do not eat food at all.