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Anorexia



Anorexia nervosa, often referred to just as anorexia, is an eating disorder classified as a psychological, social, and biological disease. Anorexia is frequently characterized by low body weight, food restriction, a distorted perception of weight, and an extreme fear of gaining weight; however, many who are anorexic may not appear to be overly skinny. Symptoms of anorexia include frequent weighing, excessive exercise and/or portion control, abuse of laxatives, and denial. And while anorexia is frequently discussed as a “women’s issue,” it affects all genders. Anorexia can have serious physical consequences and typically requires medical and psychological treatment.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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My Unhealthy Obsession With Getting Thin

As Evelyn started to grow up and become a teenager, she looked around at her friends and started to notice differences in the way she looked.

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Anatomy of Anorexia

Anatomy of Anorexia is a tremendous tool for families: now more than ever, early diagnosis and treatment, and family participation, are crucial in helping the anorexic.

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When Anorexics Grow Up

The last time I tasted my birthday cake was the spring I turned 13, a few months before I discovered the elimination game. The game went like this: first, stop eating sweets.

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Scientists Identify Genetic Link to Anorexia for the First Time | Nine News Australia

It could be matter over mind, rather than mind over matter for sufferers of anorexia nervosa. Australian researchers finding the eating disorder, which is a recognised mental illness, is also linked to a sufferer's genetic make-up.

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Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, or Body Image Issues

When a friend or family member shows signs of an eating disorder, the first impulse is to charge in, give advice, and fix what is wrong. But these tactics-however well-intentioned-can backfire.

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With Eating Disorders, Looks Can Be Deceiving

Distorted eating behaviors occur in young people irrespective of their weight, gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

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Effects of Anorexia (Washington University in St. Louis)

Anorexia nervosa has one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness, and only 25 percent of anorexia patients completely recover. Denise Wilfley, professor of psychiatry, is searching for ways to improve outcomes for anorexia patients.

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Loving Someone with an Eating Disorder: Understanding, Supporting, and Connecting with Your Partner

In this compassionate guide, eating disorder expert Dana Harron offers hope to partners of people with eating disorders.

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The Challenge of Treating Anorexia in Adults

A new program aims to help the most long-suffering patients by addressing the neurobiology of the eating disorder.

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Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa (Part B)

Part B of our video on family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa, including interviews with eating disorder experts and a young woman recovered from anorexia nervosa.

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