Anorexia Nervosa

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  • An eating disorder characterized by self-starvation, self-induced vomiting, laxative use, and dramatic weight loss. About 95% of people suffering from anorexia nervosa are young females, though prevalence of this disorder is increasing. Although obsessed with food and its preparation and experiencing hunger, individuals with anorexia typically refuse to eat, resulting in serious weight loss, which may cause irreversible physical damage (e.g., reduction in bone density). Although rarely, individuals with anorexia may die of starvation, biochemical changes, or suicide. Anorexia nervosa is most likely caused by a combination of genetic predisposition, biochemical imbalances, social factors, and psychological influences. Psychological factors include a self-punishing, perfectionistic personality and a culturally reinforced obsession with thinness, attractiveness, and weight loss. Individuals with anorexia are usually treated with a combination of ...

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