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What is anorexia nervosa?

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Anorexia nervosa, also called anorexia, is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder that is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. The disorder is diagnosed when a person weighs at least 15% less than his or her normal/ideal body weight. Extreme weight loss in people with anorexia nervosa can lead to dangerous health problems and even death.

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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