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28th International Conference on Psychiatry & Mental Health

Melbourne, Australia



King’s College London, UK

Title: EATING DISORDERS – ANOREXIA NERVOSA A Deeper Perspective-From The Sufferers’ Eyes


Biography: BEGUM ENGUR


Anorexia is, simply stated, starving you to death. It comes from an obsessive fear and a desperate desire to maintain control over that fear. The ultimate symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa include refusal to maintain minimally normal body weight for corresponding height, body type, age and activity level; intense fear of weight gain or being fat; feeling fat or overweight despite dramatic weight loss; loss of menstrual periods in post pubescent women and girls; excessive exercise & restrictive eating (or binge and purge type); extreme concern with body weight and shape.‘ Every holiday it was always the same. Endless, insipid observations about her appearance- how big she’d become, how tall she was getting. And then last year that comment by her uncle, spoken in a whisper when no one else was around, about how much weight she’d gained. She shivered in disgust every time she thought of it.I was thinking about food or about what I’d just eaten or what I was just about to get rid of every minute of every half hour of every day. It was all consuming. That is the obsession of an eating disorder. It takes over your life; it took over my life. The cost has been enormous.’’