I lost my sister due to her excessive dieting habits – Saudi Woman

A Saudi woman shared a story about her sister with whom she was very much attached. She was more than a sister to her. She was her best friend, her partner, her mother.

The Saudi woman said that she thought it necessary to share her story with the public for creating awareness. The matter that caused her death is most commonly seen in young girls and women.

As the Saudi woman said, her sister Reema was a beautiful young 22 years old lady with dreams and goals in her mind. She was strong and genius and pure soul and her only smile can make the whole family happy.

Unfortunately, she died of suffering from anorexia, her habit of excessive dieting. Anorexia nervosa is a psychological and a fatal eating disorder, in which a person suffers extremely low body weight and fear to gain weight, and a false perception of self-image.

It is usually caused by excessive dieting and lack of appetite. The woman said, “Reema was admitted to a rehabilitation center for people suffering from similar cases. At first, she got better, but like addiction, one can easily relapse. She too relapsed after some time.

We visited many doctors, psychiatrists, therapists and tried our best to save her and make her better but her eating disorder took the best of her. All the people including me were unaware and completely oblivious to anorexia.

People usually look at her and judge her without even knowing about her pain and suffering. It distressed me and I cannot even begin to imagine how hard it must have been for her. It breaks my heart into pieces.

She further explained how she lost her sister. As she said that her sister suffered from pneumonia which could be easily recovered by a normal person but her sister failed to fight this disease due to her very weak immune system, her lack of nutrition, and her extremely weak physique.

She was shifted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for two weeks and we were not allowed to go inside and see her because her doctors were scared that her communication with people could make her case worse. All we could do was just pray for her.

The woman described her sorrow saying that it was the time she felt completely helpless and hopeless because she knew that her sister was giving up and was going to depart from this world forever.

She said, “It was the hardest thing I ever had to go through, and I would not even wish it for my worst enemy.” She shared her story just to bring awareness to this disorder because many girls are going through.

People are totally unaware of what happened to a person who suffers from anorexia and that it can lead to someone’s death. These eating disorders are usually caused by numerous reasons like genetics, cultural environment, as well as being psychological.

It exists everywhere mostly with this young generation who aim to look slim and smart. The person who suffers from this disorder rarely thinks about eating food or maintaining a healthy body.

They handle their emotions by purging and this may relieve anxiety and stress for some time, but in the long run, they may cause more stress, other serious complications, and can possibly be fatal. This is not only physical but mental illness too. 

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