Many teen boarding schools specialize in eating disorders. These specialty teen boarding schools have medical staff to help any teen who has an eating disorder. The symptoms of anorexia nervosa are: having an intense fear of gaining weight, restricting foods that contain any kind of fat or sugar, weighing less than 85% of their expected body weight, looking at your body in such a way that they see them selves as over weight.
Teens who have eating disorders believe their bodies actually look different than the normal teen body. They think that they are fat and should go on a diet, even when everyone tells them that they are not fat. The teen could be exercising too much and not give them selves healing or rest time when they are injured or exhausted. They are secretive around food and not wanting to talk about having a problem with eating or their weight loss. Some physical signs of malnutrition from anorexia are as follows: low body weight, constipation and slow emptying the stomach, thin hair and dry skin, and brittle nails. If they are female they have shrunken breasts and stop or never get a monthly menstrual period.
They would feel cold, with a lower than normal body temperature and low blood pressure. The following signs and symptoms are directed toward some one who has been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and you would need to call your doctor immediately. They would include: not being able to pass urine, pounding heartbeat, they have been fainting, severe belly pain, vomiting up blood, or have black, sticky stools. This could be a sign they are bleeding in the digestive tract. They have severe pain anywhere in the body, such as their torso or joints.
There are food rituals with some one who has an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa. People who have eating disorders usually have strange eating patterns. They also may love to be around food or prepare it for other people. However, they will not consume the food they prepare for others. A person also will spend a lot of time cutting and rearranging food on their plate to make it look like they are eating. They can hide food or secretly get rid of it during meals.
Suicidal feelings are often associated with an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa. These feelings can include making suicide threats, being preoccupied with death or suicide, giving away belongings, being angry, failing grades and withdrawing from those around them. If your teen shows signs of suicide, it is recommended that you seek help from a mental health professional immediately. These professional’s may suggest that you enroll your teen in a teen boarding school that deal with suicide and eating disorders.
It is not recommended that you wait and see when it comes to dealing with any eating disorder. Getting early treatment improves the chances of your teen overcoming anorexia.