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Eating Disorders: 3 Things to Know about Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia nervosa is serious and complicated to understand. Find 3 essentials things to help you understand anorexia nervosa at HealthyPlace.

Eating Disorders: 3 Things to Know about Anorexia Nervosa

Eating disorders, among them anorexia nervosa, are serious and can be difficult to understand. Knowing what is involved can help you or someone you know receive appropriate treatment. Below are three essential things to know about anorexia nervosa.

  1. Anorexia nervosa has three main featuresSigns of anorexia include very limited food intake, an intense fear of weight gain, and a disturbance of self-perception. Often someone has a distorted and negative view of her size and shape. It becomes the primary way she looks at herself, and she begins to act in ways to “fix” her appearance.
  2. It involves more than eating-related features. It can lead to excessive physical activity which contributes to weight loss and becomes dangerous. People with anorexia often struggle with self-confidence. Many people are inflexible in their thinking, restrained in their emotional expressions, and limited in their social actions. People with anorexia nervosa frequently have a strong need for control.
  3. Mental health problems begin to manifest. Anorexia nervosa leads to symptoms of depression such as low mood, irritability, withdrawal/isolation, and insomnia. Further, people with anorexia can develop food-related obsessive-compulsive signs and symptoms.

When we look beyond the food intake behaviors of anorexia nervosa, we begin to understand the complexities. Then, we can address the whole self and overcome anorexia nervosa.

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Last Updated: 08 May 2017
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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