Anorexia Nervosa Not a Slimming Disease 


Anorexia nervous is one of many disorders and diseases which are more likely to occur in response to a low nutrient diet. A diet high in junk food, sugars, refined foods and poor quality fats contains too few nutrients to gain and maintain long term health and vitality.


The threat of children developing diet related type 2 diabetes, heart disease or cancer can seem a remote problem, however, it should be just as much a concern as the threat of anorexia nervosa. If teenagers or even younger children restrict food to lose weight it is an opportunity to help them make changes so all their food is high in nutrients.


The triggers for Anorexia Nervosa are complex. “Anorexia” means lack of appetite; “Nervosa” reflects that this is of a nervous system origin. It often develops in response to situations the young person finds stressful, in an attempt to cope with difficulties.


Food low in nutrients provides even fewer nutrients if smaller portions are taken. B vitamins (including folic acid), Vitamin E and vitamin C, Zinc and omega 3 fats are particularly depleted in people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. Magnesium is also likely to be especially low when there is frequent vomiting.


The high need for nutrients remains both during and after initial recovery from anorexia nervosa. I recommend the Entire Katoa Food State range for optimum absorption, low dose and low toxicity; available locally at


It is important to give as much support as possible to help your child or teenager learn how to eat nutrient rich foods. Involve the whole family and whanau; so everyone is likely to avoid serious health problems both now and in the future.


Contact Bay Health Clinic today for individual nutrient assessment with one of our Naturopaths; if needed they will also prepare tailored herbal medicines and recommend supplements to help you feel your best.  Call 07 571 3226 or email us:


Original Article July 2014 copyright Jaine Kirtley Reg. Naturopath, Reg. Nurse, Nutritionist.