Anna works hard to maintain her status as a model student. Even though she goes to dance and participates in several other extracurricular activities, she still receives top scores in academics. By the time she was 13 years old she seemed firmly on the path to success.
In spite of her success, Anna was concerned that she had to work harder to be one of the best. This was especially true in dance. Ever since she started middle school, she noticed that there were a number of students that she could not match. One of the other dancers pointed out that she still had her “baby fat” and would be better once she lost it.
Anna decided to take matters into her own hands and go on a diet. After a few weeks of watching what she ate and avoiding some of her favorite junk foods, she lost a few pounds. Anna was quite proud of herself for taking control of the situation. However, as she continued dieting, her attitude toward food began to change.
Anna started categorizing her food as “good” or “bad” and counting calories. Soon she started to avoid eating by picking at her food or skipping meals. Anna still considered herself in charge of her food choices, but now daily routine secretly revolved around food and weight loss. Anna began drifting away from friends, lost interest in dance, and began exercising for the sole purpose of losing weight.
Anna is no longer the fun and lively person that she was beforehand. She has become withdrawn and moody, avoiding spending time with others...
Anna has become a model student with Anorexia Nervosa.