Anorexia Nervosa (cont.)
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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa?
Individuals with anorexia nervosa have an intense fear of weight gain or becoming fat and/or might view themselves as being highly overweight despite the fact that they might be severely underweight.
Anorexia nervosa sufferers may use one or more of the following unhealthy ways to lose weight.
Usually, people try to keep these behaviors secret. For example, if eating with others, a person with anorexia may move food around on their plate or place some food in a napkin to hide it. They may also stay busy serving food or cleaning up rather than actually eating. If confronted about these behaviors, the individual may deny or refuse to discuss them. Anorexia sufferers may also use social isolation in an effort to avoid scrutiny of their eating.
Some of the following signs and physical effects may also be brought about by starvation or by weight-reduction methods:
When Should Someone Call the Doctor About Anorexia Nervosa?
There are no home remedies for anorexia nervosa. Any person who displays symptoms of this condition (undereating, inducing vomiting, or abusing laxatives in an attempt at weight loss) needs medical and psychiatric help. Some specialists are adept at treating these very challenging patients. This eating disorder can cause severe medical complications or death if not treated.
Anorexia nervosa can result in life-threatening medical symptoms. The following signs and symptoms indicate the need for emergency evaluation:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/2/2016
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