Anorexia the result of trendy kiddy obsession to look good?

Mar 03

I received one of the greatest astonishment of my life when my friend’s son was diagnosed with Anorexia . He is merely six. By far I was under the fake impression that anorexia was confined to teenagers and elders. A thought crossed my mind and shook me drastically. For a moment, I felt numb and started worrying about my little one. I think most of us would have gone through the same. Children are known to be fussy eaters. But little did I know that anorexia can affect kid’s health to such an extent that they have to be hospitalized.

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia is referred to as an eating disorder that often manifests into obsessive a person who has obsessions characterized by or constituting an obsession choices of food to avoid weight gain. Most of the children with this disorder are obsessed about lower body weight and to achieve this milestone they often refrain from eating completely of eat less. This obsession stems from an ardent need to look good at the cost of staring oneself. If this is not enough, these continuous obsessive a person who has obsessions characterized by or constituting an obsession  …by episodes are coupled with a rigorous workout regime. This abnormal eating behavior often takes a toll on their health. During earlier times, children were not incorporated in the list of anorexics. This is a sad truth.

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Children and Anorexia facts:

  • Female children are the ones most prone to this disorder.
  • Most of the kids also experience developmental issues and retarded growth.
  • Malnourishment is also associated with this disorder.
  • Other health issues that may arise from this disorder are hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, deterioration of the bones and anemia.


Some factors that are responsible for the onset of this disorder are:

  1. Stress and depression
  2. Societal pressure to look good all the time.
  3. Hormonal changes resulting from attaining adolescence.
  4. Participation in strenuous physical activities and rigorous workouts.
  5. Some incidents of physical and sexual abuse can leave a lasting impression on these innocent minds.
  6. At times certain genetic factors also contribute to the disorder.

Signs and Symptoms:

  1. Insomnia
  2. Dry skin
  3. Dehydration
  4. Extreme fatigue
  5. Depression
  6. Irritability
  7. Withdrawal from the social arena.


A combination of Psychotherapy and medications is used to treat Anorexia. The medical practitioners often try to treat the psychological issues and increasing the weight of the child.

Be vigilant:

  • Support your child everywhere.
  • Never criticize his/her appearance and weight gain.
  • Keep a close watch on your child’s meals. Never allow him/her to skip any.
  • Spend time with your child. Try to understand their needs, likes, dislikes etc.
  • Ensure that your child is active.

Your child needs you the most. Devote some time and ensure that your child gets sufficient nutrition.

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