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How Is Anorexia Nervosa Detected?
Symptoms of anorexia nervosa usually appear in adolescence. The average age of onset is 17. Rarely, children under the age of 10 or women in their 30s develop the disorder. Peer pressure, identity issues, and family stresses often seem overwhelming as teens move from childhood into adolescence. Cultural stereotypes about beauty and body shape influence young people in not-so-subtle ways.
The most common signs of anorexia nervosa include weight loss, excessive exercise, preoccupation with body weight, and an irrational fear of becoming fat. Many young women with anorexia nervosa stop having periods. People with anorexia nervosa often hide their weight loss by wearing loose clothes and lying about how much food they have consumed.
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
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