OVERVIEW
We are what we eat. Most of the people these days are suffering from an imbalance in the digestive fire. Loss of appetite often called as Anorexia nervosa or anorexia is characterized by abnormal weight loss. People suffering anorexia place high importance on controlling their weight and shape, using extreme efforts and will be very conscious in whatever they choose to eat.
To prevent excess weight gain, people with anorexia restrict their diet and tend to eat very less food. The individual consumes the food and vomit after eating to lose calories. They misuse the usage of laxatives, diet aids, diuretics or enemas. Vigorous exercise also results in contributing to weight loss. Even after losing weight, people have a fear of gaining weight.

CAUSES
No single cause can define the exact cause for anorexia nervosa. It may probably happen due to a result of biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
Major risk factors include:
• Being susceptible to depression and anxiety disorders
• Having difficulty in handling stress
• Being excessively worried, afraid, or doubtful about self and future
• Being a perfectionist and overly concerned about rules
• Reluctant to eat food properly during early childhood or infancy
• Having had an anxiety disorder during childhood
• Particular ideas regarding beauty and health, which may be due to external influences from society and the media.
• Having a high level of emotional restraint
• Over worrying about their external appearances.
Environmental factors
These include factors like, hormonal changes that occur during puberty along with feelings of anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem.

SYMPTOMS
• Extreme weight loss
• Thin body stature
• Abnormal blood count
• Insomnia
• Feeling of fatigue and dizziness
• Fingers turning bluish
• Hair loss and thinning of hair
• Irregularity or Absence of menstruation
• Abdominal pain
• Dry skin and Yellowish color
• Constipation
• Intolerance to cold
• Irregularity in heart rhythm
• Drop in blood pressure
• Dehydration
• Arms and legs may turn swollen
• Teeth erosion rarely, happens due to induced vomiting

DIET
• Consume very light and easily digestible food items
• Use plenty of Spices: Coriander, Ginger, Garlic, Pepper, Methi seeds to boost hunger
• Grains: Whole grains, such as barley, bran flakes, oatmeal, and brown rice
• Buttermilk processed with ginger, jeera, cumin seeds helps to better the digestive fire