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Eating Disorders.

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Eating Disorders.

Anorexia nervosa.

Anorexia nervosa literally means, ‘loss of appetite for emotional reasons’.

People with Anorexia neither lose their appetite nor their interest in food- they usually have strong feelings of hunger and are preoccupied with food.

Their primary concern, often described as an obsession, is to lose weight. This drive for thinness is accompanied by an intense fear of being overweight.

Failure to lose weight - or worse putting on weight - often leads to depression, anxiety and panic.

Anorexics usually take great pride in their ability

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Anorexia typically starts with a diet when a person is slightly overweight. It develops into a disorder when the pursuit for thinness is relentless, when food intake is severely restricted, when weight loss is rapid and the person becomes extremely thin.

For a diagnosis of anorexia to be considered an individual must weigh less than 30% of the normal weight for their height and age (Hsu, 1990)

For anorexics, their self-esteem and their estimation of themselves in the eyes of others depend on the appearance of their bodies.

However much weight they lose, they remain dissatisfied and set themselves more

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;width:15px;height:15px;">image00.png        Refusal to keep body weight at or above 85% of what is normal for height and age.

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