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.


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.

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.

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.


Living with Anorexia

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and most treatments don't work. Dominique has lived with severe anorexia since she was 9. Now a psychology student, she has a unique insight into her illness. She’s determined to survive and to help others to overcome this condition.

The Anorexia Recovery Skills Workbook

If you have anorexia, it can be difficult to see yourself clearly, even after treatment. That’s why it’s so important for you to have resources available to prevent relapse.

Thinner: The Male Battle with Anorexia

Dr. Holbrook, a psychiatrist and the director of the eating-disorders program at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wis., is not most people's idea of a recovering anorexic.


Battling Chronic Anorexia for Over a Decade (But Still Fighting for Recovery)

Rachel has battled chronic anorexia since the age of eight and has nearly lost her life several times. There are still struggles, but Rachel now understands there’s also hope. She envisions a future where she is healthy with a career and family of her own.

100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa

Whether you are a newly diagnosed patient, a friend, or a relative of someone with anorexia nervosa, or if you simply wish to gain a better understanding of this condition, 100 Questions and Answers About Anorexia Nervosa offers help.

Anorexia Nervosa: What You Need to Know

Anorexia nervosa is a serious mental health condition and a potentially life threatening eating disorder. However, with the right treatment, recovery is possible.


After Anorexia: Life's Too Short to Weigh Your Cornflakes | Catherine Pawley | TEDxLeamingtonSpa

Diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in early 2012 Catherine battled the illness throughout her ‘A’ levels and the first year of her degree which resulted in her taking two gap years to get specialist treatment as an inpatient Eating Disorders Unit.


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