Search For A Cure
Scientific Breakthroughs & Caregiver Tips
How Is Anorexia Nervosa Diagnosed?
While there is no test to diagnose anorexia nervosa, a physician may suspect an eating disorder based on an individual’s abnormal weight. Healthy adults usually have a body mass index (BMI) of between 18.5 and 24.9. Anorexia is diagnosed in an otherwise healthy adult whose BMI falls below 17.5. Severe malnutrition is diagnosed in people whose BMI is lower than 15.
The following tests can help diagnose anorexia nervosa:
- Blood tests reveal abnormal nutrient levels. As someone recovers from anorexia nervosa, blood tests are used to track nutrient values as they return to normal levels.
- An electrocardiogram (EKG) records the electrical activity in the heart and measures heart rate and rhythm.
Angela Guarda, MD
Angela Guarda, MD is the Stephen and Jean Robinson Associate Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at…Read More…
It is impossible to recover from Anorexia unless you reach a minimal normal weight.
– Angela Guarda, MD
Make a Donation, Make a Difference
Your Donation Supports Crucial Brain Research
We have a direct connection with scientists so we are privy to projects in all stages of research. This gives us the insight to identify projects and allocate the dollars needed to find cures. Donate generously today to make a difference for future generations and your loved ones.
YOUR DONATION SAVES LIVES & BRINGS US CLOSER TO A CURE.
You Are Not Alone
For you or a loved one to be diagnosed with a brain disease or disorder, is overwhelming, and it leads to a quest for support and answers to very important questions. ABS has built a safe, caring and compassionate community for you to share your journey, connect with others in similar situations, learn about breakthroughs, and to simply find comfort.