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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which people have an intense fear of gaining weight and can become dangerously thin. Signs of anorexia include less than normal weight, negative body image, and obsession with food.

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Understanding Anorexia -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Anorexia?

Features associated with anorexia may include:

  • Significant weight loss as a result of restricting food intake
  • Fear of becoming fat, even when obviously too thin
  • Distorted body image
  • Excessive dieting and exercising
  • Abnormal food preoccupations, such as counting all calories or obsessively studying cookbooks
  • Constipation
  • Dry, yellowish skin
  • Dental decay
  • Fine, downy hair growing on the face and arms
  • Menstrual periods that become irregular or stop completely
  • Mood swings and anxiety
  • Suppression of sexual desire
  • Cold hands and feet at normal room temperature
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Hyperactivity
  • Frequent digestive problems, infections, or other illnesses.
  • Physical problems that include anemia, heart palpitations, bone loss, and tooth decay.

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