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 Anorexia FactAnorexia is most commonly diagnosed in teenage girls and young women.  Anorexia may be present in conjunction with bulimia, or by itself.


Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and an obsessive fear of gaining weight, often coupled with a distorted self image which may be maintained by various cognitive biases that alter how the affected individual evaluates and thinks about her or his body, food and eating. Persons with anorexia nervosa continue to feel hunger, but deny themselves all but very small quantities of food. The average caloric intake of a person with anorexia nervosa is 600-800 calories per day, but there are extreme cases of complete self-starvation. It is a serious mental illness with a high incidence of comorbidity and the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder.
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Bulimia Eating Disorders    
  Anorexia Listings

ANRED - information and resources provided by Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders - excellent source of information, resources, links, and FAQ's

Anorexia Nervosa - easy to read simple facts about this disease

Anorexia Nervosa - excellent site provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

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