Anorexia is not just about being thin, a psychologist explains

Anorexia nervosa is still misunderstood in many social spaces, says clinical psychologist Khosi Jiyane.

As a result of the misconceptions and stigma associated with eating disorder, she says very few social discussions are had about it.

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Anorexia Nervosa is a psychological illness with devastating physical consequences.

Some of the characteristics include a low body weight, distorted body image, as well as an intense and obsessive fear of gaining weight.

Jiyane says people can become oblivious to anorexia and the psychological complexities which accompanies it.

Anorexia is one of the highest psychiatric syndromes where the death rate and relapse rate is quite high.

Khosi Jiyane, Clinical psychologist

According to Jiyane, anorexia is about more than just a person's physique; it's a serious mental health condition.

Anorexia is not just about being thin.

Khosi Jiyane, Clinical psychologist

She says a person's unhealthy relationship with food can be a manifestation of some dysfunction in relationships with other human beings.

Also read: Can 'clean eating' become unhealthy? Understanding Orthorexia

Jiyane unpacks her personal struggles with and academic research into the eating disorder, particularly focusing on the experiences of black women.

She explored the physiological symptoms of anorexia, sub-types and how to support people on the road to recovery.

Take a listen her expert advice:

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