Anorexia Nervosa is a potentially deadly eating disorder that is characterized by marked weight loss and severe body image disturbance. This psychological disorder primarily affects women who have low self esteem and an unrealistic and obsessive fear of gaining weight.

Women diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa control their weight through self-imposed starvation (avoiding food), eating and purging (vomiting), excessive exercise, diet pills, drug use and laxative abuse.

Anorexics share an intense fear of gaining weight and refuse to maintain their body weight above 85% of the expected weight for their age and height.

In addition to the affects on the body externally, anorexia nervosa causes damage to the inside of the esophagus when food is repeatedly regurgitated (swallowed and brought back up). The constant irritation of the esophagus can lead to esophagitis, an inflammatory condition that can cause scarring and narrowing of the esophagus, making it difficult to swallow or keep food down.

Frequent episodes of vomiting can lead to severe dehydration which results in electrolyte imbalance, cardiac arrest and possible death.

Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Skin changes
  • Amenorrhea (missed periods)
  • Fatigue, weakness, lethargy
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Cold intolerance
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Tooth decay (from the effects of stomach acid on enamel)

Treatment includes psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, anti-depressant meds, and in extreme cases, hospitalization in a medical or psych ward setting.

Anorexics are difficult to treat because they don't believe they have an eating disorder and they often relapse into their former eating and purging pattern after treatment. The difference between a patient with anorexia nervosa and bulimia is the bulimia patient maintains their weight above average or just below average. Additionally, rather than avoiding food (as the anorexic does) the bulimia patient (secretly) binges on food and then purges (vomits) due to strong feelings of shame and guilt.

If you believe you or someone you know is suffering from anorexia nervosa or bulimia, get help immediately by calling an anorexia treatment center in your area.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/karazinatl KaraZ

    SANDRA!! Please stop going in on Necole. I don't think she looks anything near anorexic, she has a thin frame, she doesn't look gaunt. You are out of order.

  • EricaDenese

    I'm soooo mad at the photo!! Auntie, why can't you be COMPLETELY serious?! :rofl:

  • nika405

    She was skinny as hell in those booty shots you posted so I'm thinking she's been skinny. Nothing to see here folks.

  • http://myspace.com/theflyestmom Nekita

    :blink:

  • FloridaChick813

    Tisk Tisk Sandra.... Slow News Day huh???

    I think Necole is just a small framed chick.. H3ll, my sis damn sure aint suffering from no "Anorexia Nervose" and she has two boys and weighs 100 lbs soak and wet.

  • FloridaChick813

    Sidenote: But she do need to get those nails painted.. That pointer finger is :nono:

  • LilMissRed

    :-o umm wowsers!

  • SoulWithSass

    Ok, Sandra. Cut it out. Necole is just skinny. Not everybody is "thick," "curvy" or "voluptuously plump." I saw a pic of her with a cousin, (I believe), on one of her other sites, and her cousin is just as small as she is. It may be just a genetic thing. Stop taunting the girl.

  • ms.truth

    low blow Sandra... :nono:

  • cinnamonkisses97

    LOL

  • Redeemed777

    Hey Sandra, can you do a medical minute on Depression?

    What are the symptoms of a depressed person?

  • Krysi J

    .... :rofl: I really didn't want to laught....cuz GOD knows it ain funny if this girl really is anorexic, but DAMN SANDRA...have you no meRCY!! :rofl:

    *looks at the unpainted fingernail*

    Necole.....NOOOOOOOoooooo???? :eek:

  • ReadTheBlog

    Why do yall say this this post about Necole? And what happened to that girls index finger nail polish in the pic?

    Redeemed, google those symptoms.

  • ReadTheBlog

    I will never forget when I was working at the Black and White store, there was this rail thin, pail, bones showing YT girl in the dressing area talking about she needed to lose weight. I told her she didn't, cause she looked sick enough, and in fact, suggested she eat. She looked bad, y'all; she needed an intervention of the pork fat greasy kind.

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco

    Sandra Sandra Sandra :ashamed: play nice...

  • ReadTheBlog

    :offtopic: Who was Rickey Smiley talking about got spit on when some other politician disagreed with an opinion on the Health Care debate?

    Did y'all know that stuff won't take effect for 4 more years?

  • nika405

    @ RTB, he was talking about Rep. Cleaver and Rep. Lewis was called a ni@@er. I'm wondering if the Republicans are going to try and distance themselves from the Tea party now or just let it all hangout. Also theres video Jesse Jackson laughing in their face outside. it was too funny.

  • Chgoprime

    HAAAAAAAAA Sandy you are wild girl!

  • ReadTheBlog

    Nika, I was telling my co-worker about it (spitting), and she and I both agreed that if someone is spat on, they should be allowed to beat the s*hit out of the agressor and walk away scott free.

    At that point there is nothing to discuss.

  • nika405

    @ RTB Yep, this dude did it to me in while I was in the millitary, I went back to the tool room got the biggest torque wrench I could carry, and beat the dog-sh!t (c) (my mama) out his ass till they pulled me off. Never spent a day in the Brig because at Capt's mast they told him I had the right to defend myself against attack and spitting is considered an attack. He was YT and spitting on ppl from on top of a helo, he had did it to like 3 others but I waited for him to go to the bathroom. And he got discharded. lol

  • SangriaSugar

    Sandra...come on now. Although it really is a sad disease and I hate that its so commercialized for women to be sooooo freaking skinny

  • ohpretty1

    What did Necole do to Sandra?

  • SoulWithSass

    ohpretty1 Says:

    What did Necole do to Sandra?
    -------------------------------------------------

    She started making money from blogging....that's what she did.

  • miss gia

    Sandra this is MAD low, and I do hope that this girl comes after you for this! This is slander at its best!
    I am a huge fan of your blog but this is just ludicrous.

  • lacountrygirl

    Okay...I'm dead wrong. But, the only thing I could think about is why are her nails looking that tore up if you trying to keep up with the "Jones" family.

  • lacountrygirl

    ReadTheBlog Says:

    Who was Rickey Smiley talking about got spit on when some other politician disagreed with an opinion on the Health Care debate?

    Did y’all know that stuff won’t take effect for 4 more years?
    _________________

    Is it just me or are the majority of black politicians, including President Obama, just being blatantly disrespecting? I hate to make it a race issue with disagreeing on politics but it is ridiculous how some black politicians are being treated.

  • gypsyeyes

    I didn't even know who that was in that picture. I may be a little slow. But Sandra, this might be borderline "charleslike". Please don't go down that path, next thing you know you are going to start spelling stuff wrong and calling ppl 'fags'. Please don't make us give you an e-intervention.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    KaraZ Says:
    SANDRA!! Please stop going in on Necole.

    ****************************************************

    Is that Necole? :blink: Oh my God, I didn't know! I Googled anorexia nervosa and that's what came up. :shrug:

  • gypsyeyes

    Wow!!! Really Sandy!!!

  • kwall

    Somebody need to give her the info to Tiny’s Nail Bar AS to the dayum AP.

    THEN send her arse to the nearest buffet. Gotdayum her nails are atrocious… you gotta do better Necole.

  • Sheena215

    THANK YOU SANDRA I THINK WE ALL KNOW WHAT REGURGITATED MEANS YOUR READERS ARE NO DUMMIES (I DONT THINK)

  • ontaya brooks

    Sandra, you gone get beat up, you know they say skinny girls fight dirty too, anyhoo, the new cut looks nice on you, I dont know why you hiding your face, scared Obama gone come looking for you too! But I will leave well enough alone, at least you dont go at Michelle. lol she dont play.

  • Lolo

    There was this skinny minnie girl in one of my classes that fell out of her chair and passed out for a few seconds. When she came too, she was like I'll be ok I forgot to eat my grape before I came to class. My "grape" as in singular? :-o The only thing I ever saw this girl eat was water and I saw her around campus quite frequently. Sad

  • sunnyshynef

    I :heart: Sandra's sarcasm EXCEPT when she uses it towards Beyonce and President Obama...other than that: SANDRA, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @504loko

    SMH...SANDRA YOU ARE WRONG ON SOOO MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS

    BUT I DON'T KNOW WHY ITS STILL FUNNY *KANYE SHRUG* :shrugs:

  • KeyshDiiva

    WOW sandra you are really messy...what did Necole ever do to you????

  • Anna

    :

    KaraZ Says:
    SANDRA!! Please stop going in on Necole.

    ****************************************************

    Is that Necole? Oh my God, I didn’t know! I Googled anorexia nervosa and that’s what came up.
    ~~~~~
    :lol:

  • http://www.ReppingBeantown.com ReppingBeantown

    This post was purposely created and published from miss Sandra Rose to seek attention. I don't think Necole is going to reply to you and she shouldn't...that is all :violin:

  • NubianJ

    lol @ some of y'all...........like y'all ain't NEVER went out and had peeled nails before. Hell ya prolly got 'em now! Sandra could you do a medical minute on Jealousy,
    Delusions, Deranged and Loneliness and it's symptoms please. Just in case ppl are not familiar. :rolleyes:

  • http://www.myspace.com/kcharestsoul KayCeiSoul

    ROTFLMBO @ Lolo for this ---> Lolo Says:

    There was this skinny minnie girl in one of my classes that fell out of her chair and passed out for a few seconds. When she came too, she was like I’ll be ok I forgot to eat my grape before I came to class.

  • kwall

    like y’all ain’t NEVER went out and had peeled nails before. Hell ya prolly got ‘em now!
    ---------------------------------
    ask my nail girl cindy (that is her "american" name she is from Vietnam) i don't even go to WORK with a broke nail, broke down nail etc...i break one at night...i hollas at her on lunch. i break one at work...i holla at her after...i break one on sat. or sunday...lucky for me i have never broke one outside of her regular hours of 9-7 or 12-6 in YEARS. if i do..i know how to do a quick repair/paint job.

    actually my DAD taught us (me and my sisters) that if you got color chips take ALL that shat off cause it looks sloppy/crazy. acetone is .99!!

  • BellaBarbie

    SMH. Absolutely uncalled for. I refuse to entertain this post. That is all.