6 differences between Wannarexia and Anorexia Nervosa

Wannarexia and Anorexia are two of the popular eating disorders on the internet these days. Both eating disorders show some similarities and that’s why some people think they are two names of one disorder. But in reality, this is not the case. Let us discuss them in detail to know the major differences between them.

Wannarexia Anorexia nervosa
Wannarexia is “an imaginary disease mostly found in teenagers and children who think and claim that they are suffering from Anorexia . However, in reality, they don’t have this eating disorder as they don’t qualify criteria of this disorder. Anorexia nervosa also known as anorexia is a possibly life-threatening illness that is identified by self-starvation and extreme weight loss.

This eating disorder is diagnosed when a patient weighs approximately  15% less than their ideal body weight.

The majority of patients suffering from Wannarexia disease think that  anorexia is a fast solution for the overweight problem and they also  think that it is glamorous.” The majority of patients suffering from this disease know very well that they have to get rid of this disease as soon as possible
Wannarexia is not a life-threatening disorder as it is the self-diagnosed illness young women give themselves, whenever they wish to lose weight fast and are extremely desperate for attention and sympathy.

They also refer to their new diet as ‘ana’, to make an effort and appear as though they fit into the cultural breed of other people.

Anorexic patients reduce the amount of food they take to avert excessive weight gain. Mostly they vomit right after taking their meal to stop weight gain.

Anorexic people get involved in excessive exercising activities as they are afraid of gaining weight. However, by doing this they lose too much weight but they are still afraid to gain weight.

It is an unhealthy condition and can be life-threatening. Anorexic women replace being thin with their self-esteem.

According to the latest statistics, it mainly affects females of ages 14 to 17.Moreover,it has been observed that this disease is 100% female related . According to the research carried out by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, anorexia is not so common in adults having ages more than 18 as compared to bulimia and binge eating disorder (BED). These two diseases are in the 0.1 % of the adult population.
Wannarexia treatment typically includes a  mixture of psychological therapy (psychotherapy), nutrition teaching, medical supervising and sometimes medicines.

This Eating disorder treatment also includes solving other health problems  triggered by an eating disorder

Anorexia is mainly treated by adopting a team approach. It is a group of people that includes doctors, mental health professionals and dietitians. All of these people have considerable experience in treating eating disorders. In addition therapy and nutrition education are also crucial for long lasting recovery.

However, there is a difference in the treatment of people in different stages of this disease. For instance: If your life is in immediate danger, you might require treatment in a hospital emergency room for issues such as dehydration, heart rhythm disturbance, psychiatric emergency, and electrolyte imbalances.

In addition, patients need hospitalization if they develop medical complications such as severe psychiatric problems, severe malnutrition or continued refusal to eat.

There are some clinics that specialize in curing people with eating disorders. They might offer day programs or residential programs compared to full hospitalization. Specialized eating disorder programs might offer more-focused cures over longer periods of time.

Moreover, Anorexia patients also need continuous monitoring of vital signs, hydration level and electrolytes due to medical complications. In addition, people suffering from anorexia might initially need feeding through a tube that is placed in their nose and goes to the stomach.

Care is normally directed by a primary care doctor or a mental health expert.

Finally, the main goal of treatment is getting back to a healthy weight. As we know that it is impossible to recover without returning to a healthy weight and learning proper nutrition.

It is a kind of a cultural phenomenon and it has no diagnostic criteria. It is probably caused by a mixture of cultural and media influences. It is a kind of disease that is mostly found in teenagers who feel an urgent need of losing weight and they also feel that getting anorexia will solve this health issue. The cause of anorexia is quite different from Wannarexia . However, medical experts are not certain about its exact cause. They believe that it might be triggered by some genetic components with identical twins more often affected than fraternal twins.

Furthermore, it is quite common in females who give quite importance to the thinness like high-level athletics, modelling, and dancing.

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