Hormonal imbalances supported by perceptions and beliefs around receiving self nourishment, self loathing, and a fear of success, can trigger this eating disorder.
Also restrictive dieting and excessive exercise can also lead to the onset of AN. A person with AN has a developed distortion of their perceptions of body image. They identify with seeing themselves as one thing, but in actuality, they are quite often the opposite of what they perceive, and develop repetitive or obsessive behaviours relating to body shape and weight, triggered by a fear of receiving or giving to themselves, true self love, true self respect, not recognising their true great worth.
It is commonly accepted that AN is more frequently diagnosed in females across the ages. However, recent population studies suggest that in adolescents, there are an equal number of males and females experiencing this illness. Some symptoms are;-
- Anaemia (iron deficiency)
- Compromised immune system
- Intestinal problems (e.g. diarrhoea)
- Loss or disturbance of menstruation in girls and women
- Increased risk of infertility in men