Yourwellness Magazine Explains Anorexia Treatments

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Following the death of a showjumper who fought an on-going battle against anorexia, Yourwellness Magazine explained the anorexia treatment process.

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An award winning showjumper died in her sleep as she fought a battle against anorexia, triggered by the death of her mother, The Telegraph reported September 26th. According to the article, “Showjumper dies after anorexia battle triggered by mother's death,” Laura Ferguson, 26, had been winning her fight against the eating disorder but went to bed complaining of a headache, and her father Joe was unable to wake her the next morning. Joe commented, ‘Laura had an eating disorder after her mum died, but she was doing alright and she had put a bit of weight back on.’ A post mortem examination has found no sign of self harm or the use of drugs or alcohol. More tests are to be carried out to determine how Miss Ferguson died. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10335708/Showjumper-dies-after-anorexia-battle-triggered-by-mothers-death.html)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine looked at treatment options for anorexia. Yourwellness Magazine explained, ‘If you are diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, your GP will probably be involved in your ongoing treatment and care. Other healthcare professionals involved in your treatment may include a specialist counsellor, psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, dietician and paediatrician (in cases of children and teenagers). This group is known as your care team.’ (http://www.yourwellness.com/2012/11/treating-anorexia/#sthash.v62N2dGq.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine noted that treatment for anorexia usually includes a combination of psychological treatment (which involves talking to a therapist or counsellor) and advice about eating and nutrition to ensure safe weight gain. Yourwellness Magazine commented that the patient’s physical health, weight and – in the case of children and young people – height will be regularly checked during the treatment process. Yourwellness Magazine added that other health problems caused by anorexia will also be treated. For example, those who regularly vomit may need dental hygiene advice and regular dental checkups to help prevent stomach acid damaging the enamel on the teeth, while those who take laxatives or diuretics, will be advised to reduce them gradually so the body can adjust.

To find out more, visit the gateway to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com.

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