Anorexia nervosa is one of the most dangerous eating disorders in the world, but unfortunately, the illness is still not taken as seriously as it should be. Diagnostically speaking, anorexia is characterised as an extreme anxiety disorder, where the sufferer develops an extreme phobia of gaining excess weight, and as a response to this anxiety, a strong desire to be thin, which manifests itself through starvation or bulimia.
As well as incurring the obvious risk of death by malnourishment, anorexia often also exacerbates other mental health issues, such as suicidal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, or body dysmorphia. Globally, anorexia is estimated to affect 2.9 million people as of 2015 and has been estimated to occur in 0.9% to 4.3% of women and 0.2% to 0.3% of men in Western countries, according to a report published in the National Library of Medicine’s psychiatric journal. Bearing these alarming statistics in mind, it’s easy to understand why these eating disorders are such an urgent malady. But there is hope for those going through it, and recovery is possible, as the following images will attest.
1. An incredible transformation
2. What a difference a year makes
3. No more fear
4. Inspiring in black and white
5. Exercise is key to success
6. Check out her muscles!
7. Hayley Wilde came close to death but now is a mother to a baby boy
8. Elle Lietzow suffered a seizure due to dehydration
9. Danny Walsh gained this much muscle in four months
10. Jo Thompson was once given 48 hours to live
11. Kaitlyn Davidson once weighed just 37 kg
12. You can make a positive change to your own health and body
13. Linn Strömberg used to live on only 400 calories a day
14. Recovery is a difficult process…
15. But with support, it is possible
16. From 31 kg to 50 kg
17. Matthew Booth suffered respiratory failure because of starvation
18. Hannah’s BMI dropped to 11
19. Margherita Barbieri is now a professional dancer after recovering
20. Before and after
If you or anyone else you know is suffering as a result of any form of eating disorder, then please visit either The Recover Clinic or Beat – a leading eating disorder charity, for more help and professional advice. For confidential telephone counselling, please contact 0843 783 7106.