Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Symptoms

  • Have an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even when they are underweight
  • Refuse to keep weight at what is considered normal for their age and height (15% or more below the normal weight)
  • Have a body image that is very distorted, be very focused on body weight or shape, and refuse to admit the seriousness of weight loss
  • Have not had a period for three or more cycles (in women)

                                        Signs of Anorexia Nervosa

  Deliberate self-starvation with weight loss
  Intense, persistent fear of gaining weight
  Refusal to eat or highly restrictive eating
  Continuous dieting
  Excessive facial/body hair because of inadequate protein in the diet
  Compulsive exercise
  Abnormal weight loss
  Sensitivity to cold
  Absent or irregular menstruation
  Hair loss


Anorexia is the third most common long-term illness among teenagers.                                                   Males make up about 10 to 15 percent of those who suffer from anorexia.                                                         Teens and young adults between the ages of 12 and 26 make up 95 percent of those who have eating disorders.                                                                                                                                                              Anorexia is the most common cause of death (up to 12 times higher than any other condition) among young women ages 15 to 24.

By: Erin Rodgers

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