Amatari Blessing Ghomorai Williams is a beautiful 23 year old lady. She is in her final year in the University of Benin, Nigeria, Africa, in the department of Foreign Languages, majoring in French Language. She is a godly lady, beautiful on the inside and outside. Read on as she shares her experience on Anorexia Nervosa with us on today’s blog. So grab a coffee 🍵and let’s enjoy the interview.
Can you tell us a bit about Anorexia Nervosa
It’s a disease of the mind like I always call it. It’s the fear of being fat. Therefore avoiding meals and other healthy things.
Please tell us a bit of your experience and how it started.
Anorexia started when I was in my last year in secondary school, a few days after I was diagnosed with Asthma. My friends back then and a teacher told me I was getting fat. I was so scared, I thought the fat would block my lungs and I would die. I stopped eating well and fed only on snacks like Gala and Lacasera. Even when I was feeling this biting pain in my belly, I still wouldn’t eat. I was so selective of my meals. I also wanted to be fine and sexy. My sugar consumption was so much yet I had this believe that I would never be fat. I wanted to blend in too.
Did you experience peer pressure from your female friends?
Yes I did. They were slim and beautiful and had more boys around them. I felt like the old fashioned one.
How did you overcome Anorexia?
I got into the University and eating was not an option because of classes. I then had a chronic ulcer that made me weak and unable to walk. Nobody told me to eat before I started eating to fill my stomach. Still, I had self esteem issues because I felt guys love slim girls. Eventually I fell in love with myself and Christ made it easier.
Do you now have many guys around you? 😁
Not really but I don’t mind anymore. It got me to understand that I don’t need a man to define me.
Can you tell us what you weighed then and now?
I weighed 47kg back then. Now I weigh 64kg.
Are you comfortable with your present weight?
Well, with the weight thing i’m trying to keep fit so I don’t grow too big. I look better and I love it. I just want to be fit.
What’s your advice to every one going through something similar?
My advice to them is simple, live life without bothering about your shadow. It’s better to keep fit and eat healthy. Most importantly, love yourself and be happy with who God has made you to be.
Wow!!! Beautiful interview with our dear Amatari. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Before we close today’s chapter on Anorexia Nervosa, let’s take a step further into what anorexia nervosa is.
Anorexia nervosa, often referred to simply as anorexia, is an eating disorder characterized by low weight, fear of gaining weight, and a strong desire to be thin, resulting in food restriction. Many people with anorexia see themselves as overweight even though they are in fact underweight. If asked they usually deny they have a problem with low weight. Often they weigh themselves frequently, eat only small amounts, and only eat certain foods. Some will exercise excessively, force themselves to vomit, or use laxatives to produce weight loss.
Complications may include osteoporosis, infertility and heart damage, among others. Women will often stop having menstrual periods.
The cause is unknown. Usual onset is between teens years to young adulthood. Anorexia often begins following a major life-change or stress-inducing event. it occurs more commonly among those involved in activities that value thinness such as high-level athletics, modelling, and dancing.
The diagnosis requires a significantly low weight. The severity of disease is based on body mass index (BMI) in adults with mild disease having a BMI of greater than 17, moderate a BMI of 16 to 17, severe a BMI of 15 to 16, and extreme a BMI less than 15.
In 2013 it directly resulted in about 600 deaths globally, up from 400 deaths in 1990. Eating disorders also increases a person’s risk of death from a wide range of other causes, including suicide. (Reference: Smink ).
Treatment of anorexia involves restoring a healthy weight, treating the underlying psychological problems, and addressing behaviors that promote the problem. While medications do not help with weight gain, they may be used to help with associated anxiety or depression.
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