Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is characterized by self-starvation and extreme weight loss.

Symptoms often include:

  • excessive weight loss
  • severe dietary restrictions
  • hoarding, concealing, picking at, crumbling or throwing away food
  • cutting food into small pieces or re-arranging it
  • intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight
  • denial of the seriousness of the low body weight
  • distorted view of body
  • amenorrhea in women ( loss of menstrual periods)
  • preoccupation with food – reading recipes, preparing food only for others
  • wearing baggy or layered clothing to conceal weight loss or to keep warm
  • compulsive activity
  • social withdrawal
  • secretiveness

Physical Consequences of Anorexia Nervosa:

  • difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
  • sensitivity to cold
  • lowered blood pressure which may result in fainting, dizziness
  • muscle weakness and fatigue
  • shrinking of muscles and other organs – including the brain
  • thinning of hair or hair loss
  • pale skin tone
  • downy hair (lanuga) on face and arms
  • dry cracked skin
  • constipation
  • osteoporosis
  • heart failure, death
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