What Happens To The Teenage Anorexic Sufferer?

Gradually over a period of perhaps weeks or months you have seen a change in your child, at first it was hardly noticeably perhaps a change in there mood or there habits were the first sign that something was amiss. The change probably didn’t give you cause to worry too much, being a teenage girl isn’t the easiest of times for either the child or the family.

Boyfriends arise on the scene at this age as does every teenager’s nightmare, acne, falling out with friends; school work and exams all play a significant part in this stage of a teenager’s life. It has happened to us all and will continue happening throughout time.

Gradually though the changes have gotten worse, your child isn’t the happy smiling young lady blossoming into womanhood you expected her to be. The changes happening to her body aren’t the ones you thought you would see, along with the terrible teenage years you now have a much more serious problem to contend with. Your budding teenage daughter is losing weight rapidly; the jeans that once hugged her hips are now falling way below them. Her cheeks which were always fresh and rosy red have now begun taking on a sallow look, her skin perhaps a little ashen or clammy.

It’s not the fact that she’s “going through a stage” for the underlying reasons for her spending more time in her room or that she’ll eat while doing homework up there, the plain fact is that she has a more sinister reason for not wanting to eat with the rest of the family.

She doesn’t eat or if she does then it’s very little. Something that maybe started out as noticing she was a few pounds heavier than most of her friends has quickly turned into a deep seated phobia, she doesn’t particularly want to lie and deceive her parents that alone is probably adding to the problems she now has.

Your child has developed anorexia, she has now actually gone beyond just losing a few pounds and is convinced she is still overweight. She is herself totally different from the person you see.

There will be many more underlying symptoms and if not caught and dealt with very serious consequences for her painfully thin body. Anorexia will begin to have an affect on the heartbeat and blood flow, the body becomes dehydrated from lack of fluid and the sufferer may become dizzy or faint.

If not caught and help sought eventually the disease will damage kidneys, bones, muscles and ovaries. This is the worst case scenario of course and if recognised and dealt with in the early stages a full recovery with no lasting damage is made.

It is therefore important not to quickly strike off those mood swings as “teenage troubles”, however difficult times can be bringing up a teenager there may actually be a much more serious underlying cause.

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  • Allison

    I am a teenage girl with anorexia. I know I shouldn’t be looking at these websites but I am very curious on how people who haven’t experienced this issue explain it. Having a more “sinister” reason for not eating with the family? More like a more heartbreaking reason…not eating with the family isn’t like some devious plan. Eating in front of other people is like stage fright, plus you don’t enjoy what you’re doing…. Sometimes people think of eating disorders all wrong and it makes us seem like freaks……Sorry for rambling but I had to let it out.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. I am a boy teenager with Anorexia. It is all wrong the way people just decide to call us freaks. I love eating! But I won’t do it.

  • Winter

    I am a teenage girl and I am anorexic. I have been since I was 11 years of age. I am now 15. My mom or sister’s don’t really notice that I have been losing weight due to avoiding. I avoid them and my friends as much as possible. Since I became anorexic and it was noticeable that I have been losing a lot of weight, I haven’t gone to see my dad. He worries and asks if I’m okay, whenever someone asks that I just simply say yes. When I am around my family I wear sweatpants and an oversized sweatshirt. I don’t want them seeing me wearing clothes that are tiny where they can see my bones. I want help for this but I don’t want to tell my parents. And I simply don’t want to eat. I am simply just afraid of food. What it can do to me is frightening. I can gain weight and people will laugh at me. So I am simply just afraid of food. How would I be able to tell my mom? Get help?
    Sorry for the long paragraph I just needed to say that.


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