Anorexia Nervosa is a serious mental illness, characterised by preoccupation with dieting and weight loss behaviours. These behaviours often result in dramatic weight loss, malnutrition and sometimes disordered functioning in other areas of life.
Psychological, biological, social and cultural factors are some of the considerations involved when assessing a person’s predisposition to developing anorexia. Someone who develops anorexia may initially use dieting strategies to alter their body weight, which gradually develops in to a coping strategy to deal with difficult life circumstances or emotions.
For a person suffering from Anorexia, restricting food and focusing on weight can feel like a way of regaining control, in areas of life that feel out of control. Body image can come to define the entire sense of self-worth and it may be a way of expressing or even denying emotions.
Whilst many people may believe that anorexia is only a female or women’s diagnosis; there are many men that suffer from anorexia as well.