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How do you know when someone is anorexic?

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Aaron Stupple
General Practice
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In brief: <85% normal body wt

There are four necessary criteria for anorexia nervosa: refusing to maintain above 85% normal body weight, fear of gaining weight or becoming fat despite being underweight, distorted perception of body weight or denial of seriousness of weight status, and absence of menstruation (after establishing menstruation) for 3 consecutive cycles.

In brief: <85% normal body wt

There are four necessary criteria for anorexia nervosa: refusing to maintain above 85% normal body weight, fear of gaining weight or becoming fat despite being underweight, distorted perception of body weight or denial of seriousness of weight status, and absence of menstruation (after establishing menstruation) for 3 consecutive cycles.
Aaron Stupple
Aaron Stupple
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Children may suffer from Anorexia as well. Media does not encurage a realistic body images
Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Behaviors

Signs of anorexia can be spotted by close observation of behavior. Common signs include intense fear of weight gain, refusal to eat in public, frequenting bathroom during/after meals, shifting food on plate rather than eating, excessive exercise, cutting food into very tiny pieces, etc.
Clinical diagnosis also requires refusal to weigh an appropriate amount for one's height (15%+ below normal).

In brief: Behaviors

Signs of anorexia can be spotted by close observation of behavior. Common signs include intense fear of weight gain, refusal to eat in public, frequenting bathroom during/after meals, shifting food on plate rather than eating, excessive exercise, cutting food into very tiny pieces, etc.
Clinical diagnosis also requires refusal to weigh an appropriate amount for one's height (15%+ below normal).
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones
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