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Anorexia Nervosa (cont.)

Anorexia Nervosa Symptoms and Signs

  • With anorexia nervosa, sufferers have an intense fear of weight gain or becoming fat and/or might picture themselves as being highly overweight despite the fact that they may be significantly underweight.
  • People with anorexia nervosa may use one or more of the following methods to lose weight.
    • Under-eating/extreme dieting
    • Excessive exercise
    • Vomiting
    • Laxative use
    • Diuretic use (medications that increase the amount of urination)
    • Use of appetite-suppressant medications
  • Usually people do these things secretively. For instance, if eating with others, a person with anorexia may move food around on a plate or place some food in a napkin to hide it. If confronted about these unusual behaviors, the person may deny or refuse to discuss them.
  • Some of the following physical signs may also be brought about by starvation or by weight-reduction methods:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2015

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