10 June 2010

Is it anorexia?

Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley recently acknowledged that her family has a history of anorexia but said that she doesn't suffer from an eating disorder – despite her shockingly gaunt appearance. How does one know whether someone is anorexic?

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Look out for these signs: the person has lost weight rapidly; excessive exercising; she feels faint when she stands up too fast; she has irregular or non-existent menstrual periods; she always complains that she's cold – this is from a loss of body fat; she looks unusually pale; her nails and hair have become brittle; and she's constipated.

If you suspect your loved one may fit the profile, it's important to get professional help as soon as possible.

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