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How Many People Die Each Year From Anorexia Nervosa
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 ...Read more
Anorexia nervosa : Mortality rates are the highest of any mental illness but are difficult to calculate accurately because people with eating disorders die of many things -- heart failure, organ failure, malnutrition, suicide, etc. The national association of anorexia nervosa and associated disorders (www.Anad.Org) reports a study in the amer j of psychiatry that gives a mortality rate for anorexia of 4 percent. ...Read more
Is it normal after being healthy for a year after suffering 4 years from anorexia nervosa to relapse? What should I do to prevent it getting worse?
See below: You're on the right track since you're addressing your relapse here. This is a great first step. Look at things that worked for you in the past. Address what triggered your current episode, work through it and take things from there. Sometimes, coping techniques used might not work, that's why you need to address that in psychotherapy with someone who is specializing in eating disorders. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hello! my sister is 16 years old and she suffered from anorexia nervosa for almost two years. Will she be able to grow a few inches taller?
My cousin is 16 and she suffered from anorexia nervosa for almost 2 years. Will she be able to grow taller and what foods and exercises will help her?
There is a test: There's a test, x-ray of sorts, whereby an examination can be done to see if her growth plates have already fused together. If they have not, she will still be able to grow. I think a pediatrician knows about such a test and the specialist in this area is called a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anorexia prevalence: Per the national institute of mental health (nimh) there are no reported data for 12-month prevalence of anorexia nervosa. However, there are lifetime prevalence data suggesting 0.6% of U.S. Adult population will develop the disorder with females being more likely at 0.9% and males at 0.3%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
> 80,000: The incidence of anorexia nervosa (AN) is highest in adolescence. According the national adolescent health information center, there were about 40,000,000 adolescents (age 10-19) in the US in 2010. According to a paper in the Arch Gen Psychiatry 2011:68(7)714, the 12 month prevalence rate (number of cases in a year) for an was 0.2%. Therefore, about 80,000 adolescents had an in 2010. ...Read more
That it is fatal: First and foremost people need to understand that this is a fatal disease unless treated aggresively. It is not something that can be treated at home by parents but rather requires expert medical/psychologic care. ...Read more
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