Anorexia or Crohns Disease?

Published 02/14/2012 by myworldmyblog

Looking back at Fiona Argo’s teenage photos she barely recognised her self as a young woman with jutting collarbones and stick thin legs and a size zero. Yet she wasn’t Anorexic  But you could easily assume she had a eating disorder as she was painfully slim. From the ages of sixteen till nineteen her went from 9 and half stone to 5 Stone and was very underweight for small frame. Throughout the years  her periods had stopped and she was at risk of heart failure and premature death.

Fiona was finally diagnosed with Anorexia and was hospitalised, but whilst it seemed obvvious to family, friends and doctors she knew she wasn’t anorexic. In the daily mail she said :

‘I always knew I was experiencing a physical reaction to eating, not a mental one,’ she says. ‘Every time I ate I’d suffer crippling stomach cramps and end up being sick after most meals. I’d never suffered from negative body image and didn’t want to lose weight, so I knew I didn’t have an eating disorder.’

Despite Fiona protesting  saying she didn’t have Anorexia, her doctor never ran tests to tests to see if she had an undiagnosed medical condition, instead the doctors interpreted the denials as secrecacy, Which is symptom of Anorexia. In was only in 2004, at aged nineteen did they discover she actually had Crohns Disease after collapsing in agony and being rushed to hospital
Sadly for Crohns Disease there is no cure as such but symptoms can be managed by eating small and frequent meals and taking medication.
These are are questions that need answering
  • Did this young woman have to suffer this agony?
  • Why did it take three years for her doctors to diagnose her with Crohns
  • Why is Crohns Disease often mistaken for Anorexia?
Thew symptoms of Crohns Disease include :-
  • recurring diarrhea
  • pain and cramping (the pain is usually worse after eating)
  • blood and mucus in your faeces (stools)
  • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • weight loss
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

(Crohn’s Disease, NHS)

What Causes Crohns Disease?
  • genetics – genes that you inherit from your parents may increase your risk of developing Crohn’s disease
  • the immune system – it seems that the immune system (the body’s natural defence against infection and illness) is responsible for the inflammation in the digestive system
  • previous infection – a previous infection may trigger an abnormal response from the immune system
  • environmental factors – Crohn’s disease is most common in westernised countries, such as the UK, and least common in poorer parts of the world, such as Africa, which suggests the environment has a part to play
  • smoking – smokers with Crohn’s disease usually have more severe symptoms than non-smokers

(Crohn’s Disease, NHS Website)

Celebrities with Crohns Disease

There are many celebrities and famous athletes with Crohns Disease

What  is Anorexia?
What are symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa?
  • BMI Under 18
  • Wanting to loose weight
  • Extreme Weightloss
  • Complaining they are fat when the underweight
  • Doing too much exercise
  • making yourself vomit
  • Using laxatives and diuretics
  • Strict Dieting
  • Fasting
  • Hiding foods
  • Using diet pills
  • Lightheaded and dizziness
  • Amenorrhoea


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