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What is anorexia?
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder and a serious mental illness. People with anorexia have a distorted body image and have a strong fear of gaining weight. People with anorexia tend to severely limit the amount of food they eat, or exercise excessively to avoid …
What causes anorexia?
It is not known exactly what causes anorexia. It is thought to develop from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Anorexia is commonly associated with other mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. A person may be …
Can men get anorexia?
Yes, men can develop anorexia. In Australia it is estimated that about 10% of people with anorexia are male.
How common is anorexia?
In Australia, anorexia affects about 0.3% of the population (three of every thousand).
How is anorexia treated?
The main goal of treatment for anorexia is getting back to a healthy weight and helping you to develop healthy attitudes towards food. Treatment will usually involve components that will look after your medical and mental health. Some people with anorexia may need …
What are some of the signs that someone has anorexia?
It is common for a person with anorexia to try and hide their condition from others. At first the signs of anorexia may look like normal dieting behavior. Sometimes there may be warning signs that a person is affected by the condition. …
Can people recover from anorexia?
Anorexia is a long-term condition. While it is possible to recover from anorexia, recovery can be very challenging and may require ongoing treatment for several years. Some people with anorexia will struggle with their weight for the rest of their lives. …
Do people choose to be anorexic?
Anorexia is a serious mental illness and not a personal choice. People who have the condition are unwell and need help.
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 14 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Anorexia nervosa