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A 41-year-old member asked:

what are the causes of anorexia?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
"Causes" is correct: A major cause is sexual or emotional trauma. A second significant cause is how eating and weight gain are dealt with in the family. Significant is the inappropriate way "desireable" women are depicted in every aspect of our culture. It distorts girls and women's perceptions of themselves and other women.The problem for men - it distorts how they view and treat daughters, wives and lovers.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Anorexia: Anorexia is simply loss of appetite, which can come with many conditions including cancer, liver disease, and depression. Anorexia nervosa is a whole other category -- and is the eating disorder with intense fear of gaining weight, refusal to maintain healthy body weight, & distorted body image. It arises from arises from a complex combination of many social, emotional, and biological factors.
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Multiple Factors: There is no one cause for the onset of anorexia nervosa eating disorder. Predisposing factors, including genetic susceptibility, have been shown in research to account for up 60% of cause of onset. Precipitating factors are often related to emotional factors and stressors including trauma. Social and media expectations also receive some blame. Short answer, a combination of biology/environment.
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Many: Anorexia denotes a decrease in, or lack of both appetite & hunger. This can be caused by to mention a few causes emotional disorder, drugs, nutritional & endocrine deficiencies, anemia, etc. In a person especially a female at your age it is a very serious condition and I would advise you not to delay and get to see your family physician ASAP if you are indeed concerned about anorexia.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What causes anorexia nervosa?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Unknown: The exact cause of anorexia nervosa is unknown. As with many diseases, it's probably a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors. There may be genetic changes that make some people more vulnerable to developing anorexia. Some emotional characteristics may contribute to anorexia. Peer pressure may help fuel the desire to be thin, particularly among young girls.
Dr. Julie O'Toole
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No one knows, really. But two things we do know: parents do not cause anorexia nervosa in children and children do not choose to have it.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can substance inhalation cause anorexia?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depends on terms: Not sure what substances you're asking about, but stimulants can markedly reduce appetite, which doctors may refer to as anorexia. Anorexia nervosa, on the other hand, has additional signs and symptoms beyond not eating. It's hallmark is the fixed belief that he/she is fat despite being dangerously thin. Also, often, the person is actually quite hungry but won't eat or exercises excessively.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Describe the causes symptoms and treatment for anorexia nervosa?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
This is too broad a: Topic to cover in 400 characters or less. Check out this great article by mayo clinic: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/anorexia/basics/definition/con-20033002.
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A 16-year-old female asked:

Can anorexia be caused by something physical rather than mental?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Occasionally: Usually not in your age group, but tumors, lymph tissue overgrowths, endocrine issues can , as can esophagitis (irritation or infection of lining of esophagus) or gastritis--which make it painful to swallow so it is avoided. See your dr if you are not having body image concerns, yet are not eating.
Swansea, MA
A 19-year-old female asked about a female:

What are the symptoms, causes, and treatments of anorexia nervosa?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anorexia: Is decrease sensation of appetite. Symptoms depend on cause of anorexia, for example anorexia nervosa which cause binging, purging, amenorrhea, fatigue, swollen joints, hair loss, etc. Etiology unknown in most cases of eating disorders, but genetics, environmental, psychological & medical factors can attribute.

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