What is anorexia nervosa? types and possible complications

What is anorexia nervosa? Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a severe eating disorder characterized by a distorted body image that leads to restricted eating, over exercise and other behaviors that prevents a person from gaining weight or maintaining a healthy weight. What causes anorexia nervosa? The cause of anorexia nervosa is not known. Anorexia nervosa usually…

Anorexia nervosa – Symptoms and causes

Overview Anorexia (an-o-REK-see-uh) nervosa — often simply called anorexia — is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body weight. People with anorexia place a high value on controlling their weight and shape, using extreme efforts that tend to significantly interfere with…

How to Become Anorexic

Anorexia nervosa is a disturbing eating disorder that often originates when people are in their teens. People suffering from anorexia purposely withhold eating food from their diet, so they can lose weight. They suffer from the perception that they are fat when the mirror indicates they are actually thin. About 5 percent of teenage girls…

Risk Factors of Anorexia

Eating disorders do not have a single, identifiable cause. There are psychological, biological and social risk factors which may increase the likelihood of an eating disorder developing, as well as behaviours and traits which can be changed (such as dieting, poor self-esteem, perfectionism). Eating disorders can occur across all ages, socio-economic groups and genders. Some…