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How is being on a low-calorie diet different from being anorexic?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Anorexia = illness

Being on a low calorie diet = being on a diet that is low in calories.
Anorexia nervosa = believing that one's body is abnormal contrary to perceptions of others (example: someone who is very thin insisting that he/she is too fat); obsessing about possibility of weight gain; insisting on being underweight, even if it is affecting his/her health severely. It can be a life-threatening illness.

In brief: Anorexia = illness

Being on a low calorie diet = being on a diet that is low in calories.
Anorexia nervosa = believing that one's body is abnormal contrary to perceptions of others (example: someone who is very thin insisting that he/she is too fat); obsessing about possibility of weight gain; insisting on being underweight, even if it is affecting his/her health severely. It can be a life-threatening illness.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Anorexia

Anorexic refers to the condition of anorexia which is offen a severe and debilitation disease that can lead to death.
Being on a low calorie diet can be very normal and not a disease.

In brief: Anorexia

Anorexic refers to the condition of anorexia which is offen a severe and debilitation disease that can lead to death.
Being on a low calorie diet can be very normal and not a disease.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Satish Sundar
To elaborate, anorexia nervosa is a neuro-psychiatric condition with altered body image, obsession with food intake or lack thereof. Typically those individuals loose weight well below norms., and have body function failure, low heart rate and look emaciated eventually, but feel like they are doing the right thing. They may do intensive obsessive activity way more that needed.
Dr. Emil Shakov
Aesthetic Medicine

In brief: Different

Anorexia goes beyond low calorie diets, most don't eat anything at all.
Low calorie diet is still eating presumably healthy but calorie levels usually 800-1200 per day. Anorexia is an illness.

In brief: Different

Anorexia goes beyond low calorie diets, most don't eat anything at all.
Low calorie diet is still eating presumably healthy but calorie levels usually 800-1200 per day. Anorexia is an illness.
Dr. Emil Shakov
Dr. Emil Shakov
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