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What Is Anorexia
Lack of desire 2 eat: Simply, the lack of desire to eat.Some very sick patients lack the desire to eat food tastes bad, feel full, food smells bad.These ptsmay have a terminal illness like some cancersanorexia nervosa is amedical/psych condition that is characterized by a feeling of control-euphoric- about losing wt, often by not eating, laxatives, vomiting, and or overexercising.They have distorted body image.Could die. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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: 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
An Eating Disorder: Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where the individual refuses to maintain an appropriate body weight, restricts intake and has a distorted body image. It is a serious mental illness with the highest mortality rate of any other mental disorder. No one fully understands how a person becomes anorexic. The onset of the illness is insidious. Fortunately there is effective treatment. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eating disorders: Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are both eating disorders. Anorexics severely restrict food, and bulimics may both binge on food and then vomit many times a day. This can cause many physical problems such as esophageal and stomach injury, tooth decay, dehydration, electrolyte depletion, cardiac arrhythmia, and even death. Sometimes laxatives are used also, which worsens things in both conditions. ...Read more
Similar, Different: Both of these terms have to do with unhealthy ways of dealing with food, body weight, and body composition. Bulimia refers to people who go through cycles of overeating and then using abnormal ways of getting rid of what they've eaten (vomiting, laxative abuse). Anorexia has to do with unhealthy ways of trying to stay underweight (starvation, vomiting, laxatives) without the overeating episodes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anorexia Nervosa 411: Check out website of assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders (neda) 4 educat'l info re eating disorders and anorexia nervosa, specifically: (http://bit.Ly/16crmyh). Also try website of eating disorders info network (http://myedin.Org). Signs of an eating disorder include: poor body image; probs enjoying food; eating/exercise habits; trouble expressing emotions; moodiness; self-harming behavs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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