A lot of people come visiting for information on rapid weight loss through "voluntarily becoming anorectics". I don't provide this information and I won't; the visitors come as a result of me mentioning pro-ana and pro-bulimia pages a long time ago. However, the other day someone coming from a search engine asked a question I didn't know the answer to:
How did Anorexia get its name?Having a bit of a look online, it looks like the more correct question actually would be: "How did Anorexia Nevrosa get its name?", because Anorexia is simply the medical name for loss of apetite.
Wikipedia also tells us:
In particular Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterised by voluntary starvation and exercise stress.Wow.
Anorexia is also symptomatic of a number of diseases including cat scratch fever, atypical pneumonia, syphilis, appendicitis, and the end stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Anorexia is a symptom of drug addiction to Methamphetamine for example, and side effect of many medical drugs.
Anorexia is also an indicator of radiation poisoning.
Anders Jacobsen |