This is an area of weight control that I feel is very important to highlight because of the major effect it has on the life of the sufferer and all the people around them.

Anorexia is an illness which develops through anxiety about body shape and weight, which comes from a fear of getting fat or a desire to be thin. This causes people to keep their body weight low by rigorous dieting, vomiting or excessively exercising.

An anorexia sufferer’s view of self is often far different from how other people see them. There is also a tendency to fight against any idea that is related to them having to put on weight.

To those suffering from anorexia nervosa, weight loss is seen as a positive result that can help increase confidence and self-esteem. It can also contribute to a feeling of having control over one’s body weight and shape.

This serious condition can cause severe physical problems from the effects of starving the body.  These can include loss of muscle strength and reduced bone strength in women and girls, stopping the periods of older girls and women, and in men can produce a lack of interest in sex or impotency.

Do you think someone you love and care about is suffering? Are they withdrawn at school or in work?

People with this condition rarely seek help. But you can.

Anorexia nervosa signs, symptoms, causes and treatment – helpful guide

Dangers and health effect of anorexia nervosa and starvation – click here