Anorexia Nervosa pt 1
It ain't just in teenage girls. My 86 year old father has it. When he got cancer, he felt as if he was no longer in control of his life- the cancer was, the drs were, I was, etc. His need to be in control of something was so great he started to control how much he ate, which was about 200 calories a day. By deliberately not doing what everyone wanted him to do, he was back in control of himself. Being back in control helped ease his stress and anxiety over the cancer.
But somewhere along the way (I'm told by psyhciatrists and therapists) just like in drug users and alcoholics, anorexic's lose control of it and it takes over and becomes like an addiction, and then they can't bring themselves to eat. This is what happened to dad. After dropping 30 lbs, he could no longer walk, they cut off his chemo, and I wheeled him into a hospital to have a stomach tube inserted so we could force feed him.