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.
Repeated binge eating, or eating larger amounts of food than most people would in a similar situation, in a
short period of time (2 hours or less).
Frequently getting rid
of the calories you've eaten (purging) by making yourself vomit, fasting,
exercising too much, or misusing
ipecac syrup, or
enemas. Misuse of these medicines can lead to serious
health problems and even death.
Feeling a loss of control over how
much you eat.
ashamed of overeating and very fearful of gaining weight.
your self-esteem and value upon your body shape and weight.
Thinking about food, your body, or dieting so much that it distracts you from other tasks.