Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is the well-known eating disorder where a person becomes too thin by effectively starving themselves. It is often abbreviated to just anorexia in common usage, although the medical term anorexia actually refers to weight loss of any kind. Closely related mental health disorders include bulimia nervosa and ...

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Introduction: Anorexia Nervosa

People with anorexia nervosa may see themselves as overweight, even when they are dangerously underweight. People with anorexia nervosa typically weigh themselves repeatedly, severely restrict the amount of food they eat, and eat very small quantities of only certain foods ...1

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Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that makes people lose more weight than is considered healthy for their age and height. Persons with this disorder may have an intense fear of weight gain, even when they are underweight. They may ...2

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Complications of Anorexia Nervosa

Other symptoms and medical complications may develop over time, including:

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Causes of Anorexia Nervosa

The exact causes of anorexia nervosa are not known. Many factors probably are involved. Genes and hormones may play a role. Social attitudes that promote very thin body types may also be involved. ...Source: MentalHealth.gov (DHHS)3 ...

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Causes List for Anorexia Nervosa

Some possible causes of Anorexia Nervosa or similar disorders may include:4

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Diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa

Getting help for anorexia Getting help and support as soon as possible gives you the best chance of recovering from anorexia. If you think you may have anorexia, even if you are not sure, see your GP as soon as ...5

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Risk Factors for Anorexia Nervosa

Risk factors for anorexia include:

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Treatments: Anorexia Nervosa

Treatment for anorexia You can recover from anorexia, but it may take time and recovery will be different for everyone. Your treatment plan will be tailored to you and should consider any other support you might need, such as for ...6

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References

  1. Source: NIMH (NIH): nimh.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ eating-disorders/ index.shtml
  2. Source: MentalHealth.gov (DHHS): mentalhealth.gov/ what-to-look-for/ eating-disorders/ anorexia/ index.html
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ anorexia/ 
  6. ibid.

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