Teenagers affected by anorexia and bulimia
Bulimia and anorexia are alimentary behaviour troubles which affected in majority girls, at teenager age. Teenagers are the main victims from anorexia and remain extremely affected by bulimia...
Between pleasure, instinct and habits, the majority of individuals succeed to compound an alimentary diet balanced enough to allow to their body to function without conflicts. But it occurs that, under the weight of factors, at the same time psychological and physical, the machine halts…
To those mechanisms purely physiological add certain social habits – number and hours of meals, menus elaboration… - as well as very important « pleasure » factor. However, this mechanic well-oiled would not be human if it would not occur to us from time to time to commit, as contingencies like, a few table excesses or circumstance privations. But when those small difference turn to permanent malfunctioning, when we never feel satisfy hunger or at the contrary, hunger does not make feel anymore, pathology is installing.
Who does it affect?
It affects essentially girls (six girls to one boy) aged from 12 to 20 years, with two peaks occurring towards 12-14 years and 18-20 years. One young girl to two hundreds would suffer for anorexia today.
How does it manifest?
Three main clinic signs identify this trouble: alimentary restriction, loss of weight and perturbation of menstrual cycle. We distinguish then anorexia of restrictive kind and « anorexia-bulimia » accompanied by gavage crisis and recourse to forced vomits, even to purgatives.
Medical assistance is necessary and imposes sometimes a separation with family environment. This treatment intervenes at the same time on nutritional and psychological plans. Signs which do not mislead: extreme fear of getting fatter, troubles denial, physical hyperactivity, dissimulation, depression...
Who is affected by it?
We count five to seven bulimic girls to a boy. It occurs generally at the end of adolescence, towards 18-20 years.
How does it manifest?
It results in a feeling of control loss, gavage times more and less closed, an obsession for weight and appearance, as well as a guilty feeling and self-disgust.
A psychological assistance associated sometimes to anti-depressors taking will help patient to surmount his compulsive need of food.
Signs which do not mislead:
Obsessional fear to get fatter, repetitive diets, turning in on oneself, secret behaviour.
Here again, only a psychological assistance can resolves the problem.