This website is our mother ship, our warehouse of useful information for the general public. It is designed to help someone who may be struggling or worried about their loved one at the onset and earliest stage of Anorexia Nervosa (AN). Hopefully, they will not waste valuable time making sense of hodge podge information out there and trying to connect them to what they are experiencing at home. Because with Anorexia Nervosa, time (how early one realizes and how fast one acts to step 1 of recovery, that is weight restoration) is one of the most important factors that contributes towards full, unharmed recovery. The information presented here is a culmination of scientific research papers, people testimonies and our own experiences. They highlight the insightful perspective of identifying and helping anorexics that had helped us in helping our daughter to full recovery.
To reach out to the general public who may not be familiar with the medical term Eating Disorders, this website uses the commonly known word Anorexics to describe the person suffering from Anorexia Nervosa 'AN' (also used synonymously with Anorexia), which is considered one type of Eating Disorders in the current medical term.
It is neither a lifestyle choice nor a condition that can be afflicted by the individual, family or society. Scientific research has proven that AN has genetic and biological components. This understanding is essential for two main reasons:
It can remove the misplaced guilt often experienced by people suffering from AN as well as their families, who often feel that they have done something wrong.
It encourages Early Intervention. This often makes the difference between full recovery and a possible death.
The AN process is well understood: while most people can afford to diet and lose weight throughout their lives, individuals predisposed with AN need to realize that weight loss may result in an out-of-control psychobiological spiral,leading to even further weight loss.
The possible implications of this weight loss should be realized and accepted by sufferers, family and friends who should also celebrate the high achieving personality traits and sensitive nature often associated with those predisposed to AN.