People do not realize that Anorexia is a disease, and lord knows that if I could just "get rid" of it I would. It is HELL.
DSM-IV criteria include:
-Failure to maintain a minimally healthy weight, feeling they are too fat even though underweight
-Anorrhea(Loss of 3 or more consecutive mestural cycles)
Health Risks include:
loss of hair
lowered body tempature
Lanugo (growth of fine hair on the back and arms due to lack of fat to warm the body)
dark bruises around the eyes due to protien deficiency
tearing of the intestines due to lack of food
Person who knows what they're talking about: Shut up. You don't know shit.
Jane has Anorexia Nervosa. She won't eat because she fears getting fat.
Anorexia (from the Greek a- without; and orexis- appetite) is merely a symptom of Anorexia Nervosa in which the victim feels, largely from poor role-models, that they must become bone-thin in order to be considered attractive or to be accepted. From there, they abolutely refuse to eat, for fear of gaining too much weight and then being unable to lose it; they excercise constantly, trying to flush the fat (or lack, thereof, in most cases) from their bodies.
In some extreme cases, a layer of fur will grow on the sufferer's body to keep him/her warm; because they have lost so much body fat, they can no longer insulate themselves.
Many sufferers even hear a voice in their heads telling them how fat they look (despite the obvious fact that they are sickly and wasted away to almost nothing), thus further discouraging them.
Barbie would be anorexic if she were a human... she wouldn't even have the 17 to 22% of body fat required to menstruate. If she were human, she'd have to be 7'2'', 130 pounds, and 40-18-33. Hell, she'd have to crawl on all fours just to support her unnatural proportions.
Misinformation: Anorexia was the ancient Greek goddess of withering and starvation.