Anorexia is a medical condition characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight through refusing to eat. Pro-Ana is short for pro-anorexia, and it simply refers to the promotion of behaviors related to the eating disorder.
Pro-Ana groups are groups that view anorexia as a lifestyle than a medical condition.
They usually have loyal followings, and share tips on how to lose weight through severe calorie restriction, and other habits, which are ironic because of their health conditions.
These groups also provide examples of inspirations, and promote a negative body image.
Diagnosis and Complications of Anorexia.
Talking to a doctor if you notice some changes in your body, is generally the first step in diagnosing anorexia.
The doctor will conduct a few tests which include:
- Physical examination to check current height and weight, and compare them with your height and weight history.
- Psychological evaluation to take note of your thoughts, and feelings around your eating habits, mental health, and body image.
- Laboratory tests to check blood counts, protein levels, and electrolytes.
- X-rays and other tests, to check bone density, may be recommended.
Anorexia if left untreated, or in severe cases, may lead to serious health complications like:
- Bone loss
- Kidney problems
- Heart issues
- Decreased testosterone
It can also get fatal beyond the imbalance of weight to abnormal heartbeat, severe depression, and other mood disorders. It can also come alongside with suicidal thoughts.
Treatments of Anorexia.
Treating anorexia is a very difficult thing to do. This is because, anorexia is a complicated condition that affects both the body and mind.
In most cases, it is not about food at all, it is about the way to cope with other issues, or feelings of self-worth.
However, anorexia with good treatment can go away. The doctor after diagnosis, may create a treatment, with the primary goal of achieving normal body weight. Then you will be monitored closely, both physically and psychologically.
You may be required to attend programme once a day, to know how to overcome this health condition. Psychotherapy can be a home remedy that is effective in treating this condition. If you have a severe case, you will be hospitalized for close monitoring.
As of now, there are no approved drugs for anorexia, but we hope of an effective drug in the nearest future.
Advantages of Pro-Ana Groups.
- Finding a community of people like you.
- Meeting like-minded individuals who think of anorexia as nit a medical condition.
The glorification of anorexia as a lifestyle, and not a medical condition. People tend to get used to it, instead of focusing on treating it, and gaining back healthy body weight.
Most pro-ana sites, are often created by people with no medical knowledge or expertisea, and luring people suffering from it to do all kinds of things that will not help their situation.
Many organizations can help, and not some pro-ana groups can make the condition worse.
Some of these organization include:
- Overeaters Anonymous
- The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
- The National Eating Disorders Association
These groups are online, as well as locally made where people can come together, and work to maintain a healthy weight, and good eating habits.