Activity anorexia is when there is a drastic change in dramatic decline in eating brought on by increasing exercise, the additional exercise reduces your intake of food and a vicious circle is created. Activity anorexia is thought to happen to about 75% of all anorexic sufferers and is most common in athletes many of whom have performed successfully whilst suffering from activity anorexia.
The person suffering from activity anorexia not only worries constantly about there weight but also about there diet, the everyday person suffering will take more and more time away from work, school and there friends and family purely just to exercise.
They will have a tendency to avoided multiple food groups to self diagnose food allergies and will very often develop severe gastrointestinal problems as a result of there actions. Many activity anorexia sufferers will develop an almost vegetarian style regime in the heating habits, eating an unbalanced diet.
The sufferer will often have self low esteem and look at themselves and define there worth in the terms of there physical performance. They will become obsessive in the counting of calories which they consume in a day and will very often avoid any social situation that may be food related.
The person suffering will almost never be satisfied with any achievements they may gain as athletes in fact there profession as an athlete will often be an excuse for the amount of exercise they are taking. What can be done to help? It is imperative that the disease be recognised and accepted for what it is an illness, just like any other illness it can be treated and treated successfully. Many athletes suffering from activity anorexia have indeed continued to perform in there career quite successfully.
However activity anorexia will eventually take its toll on every one and a decline in performance will begin. It is important not to wait for this decrease in performance as the earlier help is sought the less damage will occur in the body and the better chance the recovery.
It is also important that the sufferer doesn’t feel isolated; he or she will need the help of friends and family in order to succeed during recovery and after. The biggest step is getting the person to admit they do have an eating and exercise problem for the majority of sufferers will refuse to even admit the problem.
So be prepared for total denial perhaps even anger or resentment towards you for even suggesting they have a problem. Once recognition of the disease has been admitted then the first steps can be taken towards gaining control over the disease, they will need support and plenty of understanding but with the help of family and friends and there doctor a full recovery can be made.