Anorexia is the medical terminology for ‘loss of appetite’. This is completely different from the medical condition Anorexia Nervosa and the latter is an eating disorder and is a more serious health concern. Anorexia Nervosa can be noticed mainly in adolescent girls who are too attracted to the perception of self-starvation just for the sake of not getting ‘fat’. So it can be cured by making the kids understand that style and being cool is never about starving. Every year the number of adolescents dying due to eating disorders is quite high.
How can you identify
The symptoms are very simple to register. The kid starts restricting their food intake all of a sudden. This can happen gradually also. The kids even start being lethargic about food consumption. Sometimes they vomit as soon as they finish their food; they stuff their mouth with the food given and refuse to swallow. This might look like tantrums; however, it’s a serious concern for the kid’s health.
How to control
Anorexia is not only caused by physical factors but mental as well. The disorder is mainly caused due to mental disorder and over-influence of certain social myths. But the consequences are evident in the kid’s health. Such eating disorder might happen from the child’s experience or a trauma from where some kind of negative feeling was triggered. The child might also be obsessed with the celebrity images, models in fashion magazines, etc.
This kind of disorders needs to be addressed immediately. The actual reason should be traced and handled gently with love and care. It is recommended to consult a psychotherapist who can provide proper counselling to the child. Gradually the kid’s health can be stabilised once the cause is figured out. Vitamin D supplements can be a good option to recovery. It increases the Serotonin level. This will cure the depression, anxiety or other emotional issues that the kid is facing. However, the stand taken by a doctor would be the best remedy. So it’s always better get the child diagnosed as soon as possible.