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Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is characterized by extreme restriction of food intake to the point of excessive weight loss and self-starvation. The essential features of anorexia include:

  • Overvaluation, judging one’s self-worth based on weight and shape;
  • Intense desire to be thin and fear of gaining weight and being fat; and
  • Working actively to engage in behaviours to maintain a low body weight that is less than 85% of what would be expected for that person or a Body Mass Index of less than 17.5.

The diagnosis of anorexia nervosa can be further broken down into two subtypes – the restricting type and the binge/purge type. People with the restricting type lose weight by restricting food intake and engaging in compulsive activity such as over-exercising. People with the binge/purge type may engage in binge eating and/or compensate by purging.

The extreme weight loss from anorexia nervosa often causes amenorrhea, a condition in which women to stop having menstrual periods.

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