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A 38-year-old member asked:

My mother was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. can you tell me about it?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Anorexia nervosa: Is an eating disorder which can be a serious problem. How old are you? Whatever your age, this is not your fault.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Diet gone bad: Essentially it is another manifestation of a fat phobia. They tend to have overestimation of the possibility of weight gain with food intake - fearing that if they allow themselves to eat normally that they will inevitably and even suddenly become obese. The reflection offered from the mirror is distorted as imagined fatness/ugliness. Fasting is felt to squelch appetite - which is seen as an enemy.

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