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.

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.

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 and other Eating Disorders: How to Help Your Child Eat Well and Be Well

Parents are best placed to help their teenager or young child beat an eating disorder, yet most struggle to know what to do and how to do it.

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.

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.

Addiction to Perfection

Through case studies, dreams, and myths, a Jungian analyst explores the hidden causes of compulsion in the lives of men and women. At the root of eating disorders, substance abuse, and other addictive and compulsive behaviors, Woodman sees a hunger for spiritual fulfillment.

Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

Lori Gottlieb—psychotherapist, national advice columnist, and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone—shares her “gripping” (The Boston Globe) chronicle of adolescent anorexia that “stands out as a fresh, edgy take…on that perilous time in a girl’s life wh...

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder Workbook

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder was lauded as a "brave and hopeful book" as well as "remarkably readable.

Living Full: Winning My Battle With Eating Disorders

Finding My FULL: This is my journey from starving to letting myself be FULL–physically & emotionally. What is living a FULL life? Having anorexia, bulimia, or vacillating between the two, you are trying to achieve an empty feeling through starvation or purging.

When Dieting Becomes Dangerous: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Anorexia and Bulimia

This primer on anorexia and bulimia is aimed directly at patients and the people who care about them.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.


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