When we hear the word "anorexia," we usually get the image of a person that is very skinny, and doesn't eat. That is true in some instances, but Anorexia Nervosa is a very serious condition and is more of a psychological problem than a physical one. In Tsi tsi Dangarembga's novel, Nervous Conditions, portrays a character named Nyasha who is affected by this eating disorder. Researching Anorexia Nervosa reveals large context for Nyasha's own nervous condition.
Nyasha is a young girl who was more different from the rest of the people from her native land of Rhodesia. She was the only one who received an education from another school in a foreign country.
Not just any country, but Great Britain, having a reputation all over the world as a extraordinary place of study. Studying in Great Britain gave Nyasha a different view of her homeland and made her rebellious to her old customs. Nyasha not realizing that the use of Anorexia Nervosa being voluntary and habitual, would then take the road of an Castellan i 2 involuntary act which she could not control. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which the person fears obesity and creates a false body image. Nyasha's parents contributed to the development of anorexia nervosa by allowing her to go to a school in Britain which elevated her social level. Nyasha became rebellious but also more conscious of her appearance from witnessing the people that live in Great Britain.
"Nyasha's exuberant nature suffered under these chilly conditions and even Mai guru sometimes observed, 'I do waste a lot of time cooking. You know, cooking food that isn't eaten.' 'Then stop cooking,' Nyasha would snap," (p. 102). Anorexia Nervosa is more commonly found in African American women. In the article "Anorexia and Women of Color," the author states "According to the researchers, black students scored significantly higher on standardized measures of eating disturbances than the other ethnic groups tested." Also, many people who develop Anorexia Nervosa are intelligent with very high standards. Nyasha is a person whom has higher regards for herself from living in Great Britain.
She feels that her knowledge exceeds her peers and even her elders making her rebellious. Anorexia Nervosa is a very serious eating disorder that should not be taken lightly or consequences may result in.