Anorexia Nervosa

Mental Health, Nutritional

Anorexia nervosa is one of a group of eating disorders characterized by excessive weight loss and an extreme fixation upon shape and weight. More than 30 million men and women suffer from an eating disorder in the United States and anorexia has the highest death rate among them all. The fatalities due to anorexia nervosa are 12 times higher than any other cause of death among fifteen- to twenty-four-year-olds. Anorexia nervosa occurs when people have a distorted body image and feel they need to lose weight. They may lose too much weight through starvation or excessive exercise. They may be too thin for their height and weight, yet they still think they need to lose more. Sufferers have a fear of gaining weight and can suffer severe malnutrition and electrolyte loss which can lead to fatalities.

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