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  NAMI | Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is a serious, often chronic, and life-threatening eating disorder defined by a refusal to maintain minimal body weight within 15 percent of an individual's normal weight.
People with anorexia nervosa also tend to have higher than normal levels of cortisol (a brain hormone released in response to stress) and vasopressin (a brain chemical found to be abnormal in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder).
Anorexia nervosa is among the psychiatric conditions having the highest mortality rates, killing up to six percent of its victims.
www.nami.org /helpline/anorexia.htm   (1332 words)

  
  Anorexia Nervosa - MSN Encarta
Anorexia Nervosa, mental illness in which a person has an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of their weight and body shape.
Anorexia nervosa has a wide variety of medical complications that affect every system of the body and can be life threatening.
Undernourishment usually causes females with anorexia nervosa to stop menstruating (see Menstruation)—in fact, this symptom is so typical that it is one of the criteria used to diagnose the disease.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761562535/anorexia_nervosa.html   (1180 words)

  
  Anorexia nervosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Anorexia primarily affects young adolescent girls in the Western world and has one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric condition, with approximately 10% of people diagnosed with the condition eventually dying due to related factors according to some studies.
Anorexia nervosa is thought to be a complex condition, involving psychological, neurobiological, physiological and sociological components.
Anorexia puts a particular strain on the structure and function of the heart and cardiovascular system, with slow heart rate (bradycardia) and elongation of the QT interval seen early on.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Anorexia_nervosa   (3960 words)

  
 Anorexia nervosa Encyclopedia of Medicine - Find Articles
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by unrealistic fear of weight gain, self-starvation, and conspicuous distortion of body image.
Anorexia nervosa was not officially classified as a psychiatric disorder until the third edition of DSM in 1980.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious public health problem not only because of its rising incidence, but also because it has one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric disorder.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g2601/is_0000/ai_2601000082   (936 words)

  
 OHSU Health - Anorexia Nervosa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anorexia nervosa (or simply anorexia) is an eating disorder in which people intentionally starve themselves.
The cause of anorexia nervosa is not known.
Anorexia is usually treated with a combination of individual therapy, family therapy, behavior modification, and nutritional rehabilitation.
www.ohsuhealth.com /htaz/mental/eathub/anorexia_nervosa.cfm   (1805 words)

  
 Lifetimetv.com: Strong Medicine - Fact Sheet : Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa, literally translated as "no appetite, caused by nervousness," is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.
Anorexia nervosa is most common in industrialized societies where thinness is equated with attractiveness.
Recognizing and coping with anorexia nervosa is still in the pioneer stage; there is an enormous need for public education and the training of health care professionals.
www.lifetimetv.com /shows/strongmed/fact/fact2_9.html   (808 words)

  
 The Anorexia File: Latest Research
Anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) are related disorders with relatively homogenous presentations such as age of onset and gender distribution.
We conclude that in adolescents with anorexia nervosa, weight restoration is the most important determinant of BMD but treatment with alendronate did increase BMD of the lumbar spine and femoral neck within the group receiving alendronate but not compared with placebo in the primary analysis.
Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder are characterized by a serious disturbance in eating, such as restriction of intake or bingeing, as well as distress or excessive concern about body shape or body weight.
www.lifestages.com /health/anorexia.html   (16713 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa (AN), a form of self-starvation, is an eating disorder characterized by low body weight (less than 85 percent of normal weight for height and age), a distorted body image, amenorrhea (absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles when otherwise expected to occur in women), and an intense fear of gaining weight.
Anorexia nervosa is sometimes referred to as anorexia.
Adolescents who develop anorexia are more likely to come from families with a history of weight problems, physical illness, and other mental health problems, such as depression or substance abuse.Further, often teens with the disorder come from families that are challenged by appropriate problem solving, being too rigid, overly-critical, intrusive, and overprotective.
www.healthsystem.virginia.edu /uvahealth/peds_adolescent/anorexia.cfm   (1112 words)

  
 eMedicine - Anorexia Nervosa : Article by Robert Levey, PhD, MPH
Patients with bulimia and anorexia nervosa were found to report greater impulsivity, social involvement, sexual activity, family dysfunction, depression, and conspicuous emotional disturbance in general.
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by the individual's refusal to maintain minimally normal body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, and significant disturbance in the perception of the shape or size of the body.
Furthermore, anorexia nervosa is characterized by considerable heterogeneity in symptomatology and comorbid psychopathology (ie, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse disorders).
www.emedicine.com /med/topic144.htm   (5722 words)

  
 Families do not cause anorexia nervosa
The data show that anorexia nervosa has a strong genetic component that may be the root cause of this illness.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious and potentially lethal illness, with a mortality rate greater than 10 percent.
Anorexia nervosa commonly begins during adolescence, but strikes throughout the lifespan--it is nine times more common in females than in males.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2007-01/uopm-fdn012207.php   (822 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa: Eating Disorders: Merck Manual Home Edition
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a distorted body image, an extreme fear of obesity, refusal to maintain a minimally normal body weight, and in women, the absence of menstrual periods.
Anorexia nervosa is usually diagnosed on the basis of severe weight loss and the characteristic psychologic symptoms.
The typical person with anorexia nervosa is an adolescent girl who has lost at least 15% of her body weight, fears obesity, stops having menstrual periods, denies being sick, and otherwise appears healthy.
www.merck.com /mmhe/sec07/ch103/ch103b.html   (945 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder often marked by an unnatural fear of weight gain, compulsive exercising, self-starvation, a distorted body image, and amenorrhea, or absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles.
Anorexia nervosa was once considered a disorder of the upper and middle classes.
Anorexia nervosa may be found in people also suffering with depression, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
www.hmc.psu.edu /healthinfo/a/anorexia.htm   (770 words)

  
 InteliHealth:
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person limits eating and weighs at least 15% less than his or her ideal weight.
The term anorexia nervosa literally means having a lack of appetite, but this is misleading because people with the disorder usually have a strong appetite or even a craving for food that they actively suppress.
Anorexia nervosa is most often diagnosed in industrialized societies, in which thinness is equated with attractiveness.
www.intelihealth.com /IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/9339/9467.html   (1633 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa - Definition, Description, Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prognosis, Prevention
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that occurs primarily among girls and women.
Anorexia nervosa was first classified as a psychiatric (mental) disorder in 1980 and has since become a growing problem in the United States.
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a fear of gaining weight, self-starvation, and a distorted self-image.
www.faqs.org /health/Sick-V1/Anorexia-Nervosa.html   (1296 words)

  
 Anorexia nervosa Information on Healthline
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by refusal to maintain a minimally accepted body weight, intense fear of weight gain, and distorted body image.
Anorexia nervosa is seen mainly in Caucasian women who are high academic achievers and have a goal-oriented family or personality.
The biggest challenge in treating anorexia nervosa is having the person recognize that their eating behavior is itself a problem, not a solution to other problems.
www.healthline.com /adamcontent/anorexia-nervosa   (555 words)

  
 What Is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa literally means "nervous loss of appetite." But people with this disorder lose weight and then maintain an abnormally low weight despite intense hunger.
Anorexia nervosa occurs in 1% to 5% of the population.
Although anorexia nervosa is most common in the white upper and middle class, it occurs in people of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
www.ehealthmd.com /library/anorexia/ANO_whatis.html   (501 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa - Health Encyclopedia News Story - WNBC | New York   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to stay at even the minimum body weight considered normal for their age and height.
The biggest challenge in treating anorexia nervosa is having the person recognize that their eating behavior is itself a problem, not a solution to other problems.
However, most people with anorexia will continue to prefer a lower body weight and be preoccupied with food and calories to some extent.
www.wnbc.com /encyclopedia/6860026/detail.html   (897 words)

  
 Anorexia nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder affecting mainly girls or women, although boys or men can also suffer from it.
The cause of anorexia nervosa is unknown, although it is likely that both inherent biological factors and factors in the patient's social environment play a part.
Anorexia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening illness, and should be treated as soon as possible.
www.netdoctor.co.uk /diseases/facts/anorexianervosa.htm   (860 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa may be used as a way to express control when the rest of one's life seems out of control.
Anorexia nervosa creates a distorted body image—a person with anorexia nervosa feels fat even when she is thin or underweight.
Anorexia nervosa may cause a person to complain about feeling bloated or nauseated even when she eats normal—or less than normal—amounts of food.
www.renfrewcenter.com /eating-disorders-anorexia-bulimia/anorexia-nervosa.asp   (650 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anorexia nervosa (AN), a form of self-starvation, is an eating disorder characterized by low body weight (less than 85 percent of normal weight for height and age), a distorted body image, amenorrhea (absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles when otherwise expected to occur in women), and an intense fear of gaining weight.
Anorexia nervosa is sometimes referred to as anorexia.
Anorexia is usually treated with a combination of individual therapy, family therapy, behavior modification, and nutritional rehabilitation.
www.chw.org /display/PPF/DocID/21782/router.asp   (1144 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anorexia nervosa (AN), a form of self-starvation, is an eating disorder characterized by low body weight (less than 85 percent of normal weight for height and age), a distorted body image, and an intense fear of gaining weight.
Adolescents who develop anorexia are more likely to come from families with a history of weight problems, physical illness, and other mental health problems, such as depression or substance abuse.
The frequent occurrence of medical complications and the possibility of death during the course of acute and rehabilitative treatment requires both your child's physician and a nutritionist to be active members of the management team.
www.chop.edu /consumer/your_child/condition_section_index.jsp?id=-9456   (1067 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa - My Child Has - Children's Hospital Boston
Anorexia nervosa (AN), a form of self-starvation, is an eating disorder characterized by low body weight (less than 85 percent of normal weight for height and age), a distorted body image, and an intense fear of gaining weight.
Anorexia nervosa is the third most common chronic disease in the U.S., and 95% of cases occur in females.
Anorexia is usually treated with a combination of individual therapy, family therapy, nutritional rehabilitation and behavior modification.
www.childrenshospital.org /az/Site585/mainpageS585P0.html   (1341 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa
It is best for a person with anorexia to work with a multidisciplinary team including his or her primary care physician, a psychologist or psychiatrist, and a registered dietitian.
Anorexia nervosa in some ways resembles other major psychiatric disorders such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, because some of the symptoms of these disorders, for example obsessive behavior, lack of enjoyment from life, and severely distorted perception of reality (in this case, of the body), are exhibited by people with anorexia.
Studies have revealed that zinc deficiencies are common in those with anorexia nervosa and may contribute to a number of the symptoms of the condition.
www.adam.com /democontent/IMCAccess/ConsConditions/AnorexiaNervosacc.html   (3784 words)

  
 Anorexia Nervosa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Someone with anorexia thinks about food a lot and limits the food she or he eats, even though she or he is too thin.
Someone with anorexia may also have a distorted body image, shown by thinking she or he is fat, wearing baggy clothes, weighing her or himself many times a day, and fearing weight gain.
If a woman with anorexia doesn't lose the baby, she is more likely to have the baby early, deliver by C-section, and have depression after the baby is born.
www.4woman.gov /faq/easyread/anorexia-etr.htm   (1308 words)

  
 Anorexia Help: The World's Most Comprehensive Eating Disorder Referral and Information Website, eating disorders, ...
Individuals with anorexia nervosa are unwilling or unable to maintain a body weight that is normal or expectable for their age and height (most clinicians use 85% of normal weight as a guide).
Individuals with anorexia nervosa typically display a pronounced fear of weight gain and a dread of becoming fat although they are dramatically underweight.
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder effected by a complex mixture of social, psychological and physical problems.
www.edreferral.com /anorexia_nervosa.htm   (974 words)

  
 Anorexia nervosa
Anorexia is a severe emotional disorder that is increasingly common, especially among young women in industrialized countries where cultural expectations encourage women to be thin.
The primary sign of anorexia nervosa is severe weight loss, accompanied by any number of physical and psychological symptoms and unusual behaviors related to food, eating, or exercise.
Melatonin disturbances in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
www.umm.edu /altmed/articles/anorexia-nervosa-000012.htm   (3648 words)

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