Anorexia is a tragic physiological disorder than affect relationships, one’s mentality, and bring permanent scars to one’s life decades into the future. This is, of course, if they survive anorexia. Most people struggle with overcoming the battle of anorexia all of their life.
New research has indicated recently that those who suffer with anorexia are twice as likely to have unplanned pregnancies and/or abortions. This is because anorexia causes the woman to have irregular or absent monthly periods. Without being able to track menstrual cycles, women have a hard time calculating their fertile periods during the month. Additionally, women are also likely to falsely believe that if they are not having regular periods, they are unlikely to be able to get pregnant.
Anorexia should never be considered a reliable source of birth control.
Women who suffer from anorexia are often younger when they give birth to their first child, says research. The research was done on an impressive 62,060 women, many who suffered from anorexia. All factors that could skew the findings inaccurately were eliminated.
Many think anorexia only affects women. This is a huge and inaccurate myth. In actuality, in can also affect men, though they are not given the same media attention as women are on this issue. When it comes to female twins, there is a higher chance of anorexia being developed in at least one of the twins, says research. However, when it comes to male-female twins, the chances for the male twin to develop anorexia sometime in his life are the same as if he had been born a female. Why is this the case?
Chemicals in utero that bathe a female child, probably sex steroid hormones, are likely to blame, claim researchers. The chemicals that bathe the female child would, of course, bathe the male twin. It is thought that in this process, males are exposed to the same chemicals and neurological components that instigates anorexia later on.
Speaking of nerves, it is specifically the nerves in the back of the eyes of anorexic victims that are altered in minute ways. States this research, the neurotransmitter dopamine (or electrical activity) in the back of the eyes significantly fire less. It is unknown at this time whether or not this misfiring is a result of the anorexia or that it is the cause of, or one of the contributors to, anorexia. It is also unknown at this time whether or not these receptors return to normal with successful anorexia treatment.
The fourth and last surprising fact about anorexia is how it affects one’s earning potential. A new study finds that
those who have had anorexia (and actually fully recovered) are 25% more likely to be on disability benefits even 18 years after recovering from anorexia. Many continue to have psychiatric problems, and have “sick days” than the average person, resulting in a lot of loss income.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is by far the greatest psychiatric disorder that anorexic patients deal with. They also obsess over whether or not their own children are gaining weight.
It is important to know that women in general seek professional help for physiological and psychiatric problems more so than men. Even though men are less likely to have anorexia, they still have a good chance of developing it. Parents with sons, in other words, should not be passive or ignorant about the signs of anorexia. The most likely age to develop anorexia is between the ages of 14 and 17.