A Day In the Life Of An Anorexic

Posted by GPWHC on 8 March 2017

For some, the thought of looking at themselves in the mirror is almost a form of punishment. While an outsider may see skin and bones, an anorexic only sees a fat body staring back. A fat, overweight body they battle with each and every day. Anorexia is a serious disease that affects a person both physically and emotionally. Young women are most at risk for anorexia; here’s a typical day for a young anorexic girl….

Wake up and get on the scale. Immediate disappointment. Try to think of ways to burn calories, maybe go for a run? Walk for an hour? No time. If there’s no time to exercise, there’s certainly no time to eat. Brush teeth several times so as not to think of breakfast. Get dressed and curse at my reflection – how can anyone be so fat and disgusting? My clothes look horrible on me and I can see rolls in my stomach. Begin the day, but already start planning activities to stay busy and avoid food. Typical morning headache and trouble concentrating throughout the day. Feeling lightheaded, but food is not an option. Food has calories. Food will make me fat. Walk everywhere, even park in the furthest lot so I walk more during the day. People tell me how thin I am. I don’t see it. I only see fat thighs. Starting to worry about dinner tonight. How will I make my parents believe my celery stick and water is dinner? Exercise for 2 hours. Mealtime is always a struggle; deciding if half an apple will make me fat or cause me to gain weight. I weigh myself and obsess over how many calories I took in, and how much exercise will be needed to burn off those calories. Is the apple worth it? Stay busy after dinner and avoid the kitchen. I cannot go near the kitchen. The kitchen has food in it. Food is taboo. Weigh myself again and brush teeth. I fall asleep hungry, but was told sleeping burns calories. Wake up tomorrow and hope the scale shows I’ve lost weight……

This fictional account is unfortunately a grim reality for some young women.

If you recognize these symptoms in a loved one, seek professional help immediately.

  • Refusal to maintain minimal body weight
  • Excessive exercising with little or no eating
  • Obsessive concern with body weight and/or shape
  • Fear of weight gain or being ‘fat'
  • Loss of menstrual periods (amenorrhea)

Left untreated, anorexia can be life-threatening. There are numerous treatment programs that can help young women with this disease. Contact Great Plains Women’s Health Center for information on eating disorders and referrals on specialists.





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