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Anorexia Nervosa

Saturday, January 6th, 2007
Anorexia Nervosa
picture of an anorexic woman

picture of an anorexic woman

Anorexia nervosa is an illness that usually occurs in adolescent girls, but it can also occur in adolescent boys, and adult women and men. People with anorexia are obsessed with being thin. They lose a lot of weight and are terrified of gaining weight. The believe they need to lose weight even though they are very thin or emaciated. Anorexia isn’t just a problem with food or weight. It’s an attempt to use food and weight to deal with emotional problems. What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia? People with anorexia starve themselves. People with bulimia eat huge amounts of food, but they throw up soon after eating, or take laxatives or diuretics (water pills) to keep from gaining weight. People with bulimia don’t usually lose as much weight as people with anorexia.