WHAT IS ANOREXIA NERVOSA?
A psychological eating disorder in which a person, in spite of being hungry, refuses to eat adequately, loses enough weight and become emaciated.
The illness usually begins with a normal weight-loss diet. The person eats very little, and refuses to stop dieting after a reasonable weight loss.
SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED
Female adolescents and young adults.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Unknown. However, many patients have family and internal conflicts, including sexual conflicts.
RISK INCREASES WITH
HOW TO PREVENT
Confront personal problems realistically. Try to correct or cope with problems with the help of counselors, therapists, family and friends.
Treatable if the patient recognizes the emotional disturbance, wants help and cooperates in treatment. Without treatment, this can cause permanent disability and death. Persons with anorexia nervosa have a high rate of attempted suicide due to low self-esteem.
Hospitalization may be required for intravenous fluids. The goal of treatment is for the patient to establish healthy eating patterns to regain normal weight. The patient can accomplish this with behavior-modification training supervised by a qualified professional.
One may be prescribed antidepressants.
No special diet. You may be prescribed vitamin and mineral supplements.
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