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In the psychiatric wing at one of Lebanon's prominent hospitals, Nadine sits."They annoy me," says Nadine, not her real name, while shuffling the plates around on the tray. A look of pain appears on her face as she looks at the piece of fish, as if she considers it a form of punishment. Recently diagnosed with anorexia, Nadine's battle with recovery has just begun, and she has a long way to go. For instance, there is orthorexia, in which patients become obsessively preoccupied with eating healthy foods, eventually morphing into anorexia.Nadine made the decision to check herself in after she traveled to Dubai in March.On the contrary, Nadine used to work for around 16 hours a day.Diagnosed anorexics such as Nadine often exercise to burn more calories and say they do not appreciate food.With a BMI of 15, Nadine is indifferent about food and everything else.The chief factor inhibiting treatment for people suffering from medical disorders, and for health workers administering treatment, is a lack of awareness.Nevertheless, those undergoing treatment represent a spark of hope for others. Nadine has found refuge in art and painting.
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