Answers to Anorexia

  1. People typically develop anorexia as a result of normal dieting that then turns into constant worrying about food and weight.

  2. Two paradoxes associated with anorexia are:
    1. They see themselves as fat even though they are very, very thin.
    2. They are obsessed with food and may prepare gourmet meals; however, they do not eat and starve themselves.

  3. Deborah is typical of the average anorexic she always tried to please everyone. She became obsessed with her weight, and she never believed that she was thin enough even when she became emaciated. She always thought about food even though she starved herself.

  4. Anorexics might collect recipes or prepare gourmet feasts because they are obsessed with food. Collecting recipes and preparing feasts of food keeps them in contact with food even though they will not eat.

  5. Four physiological affects resulting from anorexia are:
    1. Loss of monthly menstrual periods for women, and impotence for men.
    2. Damage to the heart and brain.
    3. Dehydration and lower amounts of body fat leading to constipation and a lower body temperature.
    4. Loss of calcium from the bones leading to increased risk of breaking a bone.

  6. Psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse, OCD, sudden anger, social withdrawal are all associated with anorexia.

  7. Eating disorders result in physiological problems in the body. They also lead to psychological problems. People with eating disorders usually have low self-esteem and feel that they do not fit into the group.

  8. No, an individual with an eating disorder needs medical and psychological help to get better. The anorexic must first admit that s/he has a problem.

  9. Treatments for eating disorders include:
    1. A complete physical examination
    2. Psychotherapy and counseling
    3. Education on how to healthy eating habits.

  10. ANSWERS TO THE SUMMARY QUESTION WILL VARY. The main idea of the text is that anorexia is an eating disorder in which the person starves him/herself, leading to serious physical and mental problems.

Page last updated on November 19, 2001