Has eating become an anxiety provoking experience
Are you forever counting calories and on the look out of what you eat? Are you avoiding certain foods and maybe even replacing meals with fluids? Do you make yourself sick so you can vomit or consume laxatives? Do you make sure you follow a very strict exercise regime?
If you have answered yes to these questions, you may have Anorexia Nervosa.
What is an Anorexia Nervosa (AN)?
Anorexia Nervosa is characterised by a constant preoccupation and fear of gaining weight resulting in food deprivation and low body weight. AN affects around 1 in 1000 Australians at any given time1.
Anorexia Nervosa (AN) sub-types
- Restricting: this is the most commonly known type. You are likely to have this type if you severely restrict your food intake, by restricting your calorie intake, types and amounts of food you eat. At times you may only eat red or green foods for instance.
- Binge-eating or purging: you will not only restrict your food intake, but also consume large amounts of food and engage in purging behaviours such as make yourself sick so you vomit, consume laxatives or use enemas and or over-exercise.