Anorexia is a complex eating disorder that includes severe restriction of food intake or calories and excessive weight loss.
The cause of anorexia is complex. Individuals with anorexia are often influenced by a genetic predisposition, certain personality traits, behavioral factors, and environmental influences. Affecting all genders, ages, races, ethnicities and sexual orientations, anorexia can be driven by an intense fear of gaining weight, even when the individual is underweight, starved or malnourished.
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SYMPTOMS OF ANOREXIA
Living with an eating disorder affects all aspects of an individual’s physical and mental health
- Chronic restrictive eating or dieting
- Obsession with calories and fat contents of food
- Fixation with food, recipes, or cooking
- Development of lanugo: soft, fine hair that grows on face and body
- Loss or thinning of hair
- Distorted or negative body image
- Rapid weight loss or being significantly underweight and emaciated
- Ritualistic eating patterns, such as cutting food into tiny pieces, eating alone, and/or hiding food
- Depression or lethargy
- Reported sensation of feeling cold, particularly in extremities
- Avoidance of social functions, family, and friends.