Glimpse Into Anorexia

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by weight loss (or lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children); difficulties maintaining a healthy body weight for height, age, and stature; and in many individuals distorted body image”

The definition does not come adequately close to showing the pure hell the disease can wreak on an individual or their family.

20180312_215730People develop anorexia for a variety of reasons.  One of the disturbing aspects across the board is the distorted body image. I witnessed this in my mom

At the end, anorexia won in my mom’s case. She developed terminal stomach cancer. Nothing could be done. She battled this hateful disease that can affect anyone almost her entire life. When she was a young child, my grandma had my mom put on diet pills. Between the effects from that experience and horrific abuse during childhood, anorexia was a demon she could not shake.

The National Eating Disorders Association have listed some of the signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa. Some of the signs are a preoccupation with counting calories, excessive exercise, and layering clothing just to name a few. My mom definitely had the counting calories part down. I vividly remember her telling me how many calories and fat grams were in oatmeal. My mom was famous for her walking and working like a horse. She worked harder on manual labor around the house than anyone I knew. I think she could have a degree in layering clothing and still look presentable.

I hope a day come where body image distortion is no longer a thing. I also hope people of both sexes and different backgrounds can happily accept themselves as they are.

–Sarah Cobble