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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Overview)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits their motivation to change.


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What's the best treatment for anorexia nervosa?

What's the best treatment for anorexia nervosa?

Multidisciplinary!: Regardless of the age or sex of the patient, a team of clinicians working together to address the various aspects of this disease is key. This may include a nurse, pediatrician/family physician, psychiatrist, therapist and nutritionist/dietician. The severity of the symptoms will determine if this occurs in hospital or as an outpatient. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
740 doctors shared insights

Anorexia Nervosa (Overview)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits their motivation to change.


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What are the tests for anorexia nervosa?

What are the tests for anorexia nervosa?

Clinical Diagnosis: An is diagnosed on the basis of a person becoming preoccupied with her or his weight to the point that through food restriction, laxitive abuse, vomiting, extreme exercise or all of the above that leads the person to weight less than 85% expected. There is an intense fear of gaining weight and distorted body image (belief still "fat"). In women, also, lack of periods 3 consecutive cycles. ...Read more

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Overcoming Anorexia (Tip)

Overcoming Anorexia

No known way to prevent anorexia nervosa. Early treatment may be the best way to prevent progression. ...See more

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Overcoming Anorexia (Checklist)

Create a meal plan for weight gain
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Throw away the scale and weigh only with your doctor
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Avoid exercise other than walking and yoga
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Take small steps so that you feel in control
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What are the symptoms, causes, and treatments of anorexia nervosa?

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

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. ...Read more

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What are some risk factors of anorexia nervosa?

What are some risk factors of anorexia nervosa?

Risks of or for?: Here are websites for both: www.mayoclinic.com/health/anorexia/ds00606/dsection=risk... Risk factors by mayo clinic staff. Certain risk factors increase the risk of anorexia, including: being female. Anorexia is more common in girls and women. www.choosehelp.com/topics/.../anorexia-nervosa...risks.html anorexia nervosa, the deadliest mental-health disorder, is a fixation on weight control. ...Read more

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Overcoming Anorexia (Tip)

Overcoming Anorexia

Anorexia is loss of appetite. Anorexia nervosa is a distortion of body image. Counseling helps. ...See more

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Help! anorexia nervosa? No desire for regular foods anymore

Help! anorexia nervosa? No desire for regular foods anymore

Get help: This can be a very serious problem with severe medical consequences. You should seek help from a psychiatrist and/or therapist with experience treating eating disorders. I would also suggest seeing a dietician. ...Read more

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