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What does the term anorexia mean?

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The term anorexia literally means "loss of appetite." However, this definition is misleading because people with anorexia nervosa are often hungry but refuse food anyway. They have intense fears of becoming fat and see themselves as fat even when they are very thin. They may try to correct this perceived "flaw" by strictly limiting the food they eat and exercising excessively in order to lose weight.

From: Anorexia Nervosa WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Eating Disorders."

Mayo Clinic: "Anorexia nervosa."

womenshealth.gov: "Eating Disorders."

National Eating Disorders Association: "What's Going on With Me?"

National Eating Disorders Association: "Seeking Treatment: What Does Treatment Involve?"

MedlinePlus: "Anorexia nervosa."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Eating Disorders."

Mayo Clinic: "Anorexia nervosa."

womenshealth.gov: "Eating Disorders."

National Eating Disorders Association: "What's Going on With Me?"

National Eating Disorders Association: "Seeking Treatment: What Does Treatment Involve?"

MedlinePlus: "Anorexia nervosa."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

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