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A 18-year-old female asked:

Can an anorexic still be of a normal or even slightly above normal weight? i have been skipping meals and doing increased exercise. friends worried.

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Dr. Daniel Royal
Holistic Medicine 33 years experience
NOT LIKELY: Anorexia or "anorexia nervosa" involves a fear of eating due to a person's distorted sense of their own body size, shape, and/or weight. This fear of eating causes one to skip and/or avoid meals altogether which, in turn, results in weight loss. Body fat may also decrease and, when too low in menstruating women, periods may cease. Onset is most often seen during teenage years.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: If you continue this behavior you will eventually become underweight. Anorexia is a complex condition that benefits from a comprehensive treatment approach by practitioners who specialize in it. There are many online quizzes to help diagnose- here's a good one: www.Angelfire.Com/ri/edsm/edtest.Html for more good info see http://www.Helpguide.Org/mental/anorexia_signs_symptoms_causes_treatment.Htm.

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