Have you cross path with one who is struggling with the sickness called anorexia nervosa or perhaps are you battling it? Such individual had crossed path my life. Prying into a person’s life to ask the big “WHY” is never a good idea to begin with however, quietly I set my eyes on this matter and wondered what happen to the individual.
“Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder and mental health condition that can be life-threatening. People with anorexia try to keep their weight as low as possible, usually by restricting the amount of food they eat. They often have a distorted image of themselves, thinking that they’re fat when they’re not. Some people with the condition also exercise excessively, and some eat a lot of food in a short space of time (binge eating) and then make themselves sick or use laxatives (purging).” (anonymous, “Anorexia Nervosa“, NHS Choices).
When you are surrounded by girls in their early teens, do not be surprised to hear the content of their chatters among themselves are about “oh, I am getting FAT, this food is fattening, that one too, counting the total calorie of food intake, skipping meals, etc”. If you are daring enough to listen further, one will probably exclaimed “What!?!? They are talking about dieting???” It’s a mind-boggling experience in which one can easily fall off the chair if caught unprepared.
The content of their chatters just does not match their age. Why is it so? Come on, these are just kids who are still growing up! They have to eat appropriately to help them grow up to be beautifully built and now they are talking about cutting down this-and-that food and skipping meals. They got to be kidding, right? The next question pops up in one’s mind is, where did they learn them from? And what happen to all the lessons learnt from PE classes?
Ever wondered what happened to these teens who are suffering anorexia sickness and how do they adapt to adulthood?
Here is a story.
Her life story is a glimpse on the effects of anorexia sickness to a growing teen and how this sickness torments a person. As the saying goes, being late is better than never, it’s a positive initiative from those sufferers to realize their condition and working their way to rebuild his/her life. Their efforts surely deserve encouragement from others around them.
As an ending note – dear parents, please guide your child in their food intake and explain to them that exercising and eating goes hand-in-hand. One cannot live without the other. They need to have the proper perspective when comes to eating. Getting into inappropriate diets and with no proper guidance or being too picky on food at the growing stage is detrimental to health and has a long term ramification on their well being.