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What is Anorexia Nervosa?

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

  • Anorexia Nervosa: A disorder where a distorted sense of body image leads to self-starvation to the point of death in some cases.
  • Anorexia Nervosa: Syndrome in which the primary features include excessive fear of becoming overweight, body image disturbance, significant weight loss, refusal to maintain minimal normal weight, and amenorrhea. This disorder occurs most frequently in adolescent females. (APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 1994)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Anorexia Nervosa: (psychiatry) a psychological disorder characterized by somatic delusions that you are too fat despite being emaciated.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Anorexia Nervosa is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Anorexia Nervosa, or a subtype of Anorexia Nervosa, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Anorexia Nervosa: Introduction

Types of Anorexia Nervosa:

Broader types of Anorexia Nervosa:

How many people get Anorexia Nervosa?

Prevalance of Anorexia Nervosa: estimated 0.1% adults (USSG); estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent females (NIMH); 1% of adolescent girls (NWHIC)
Prevalance Rate of Anorexia Nervosa: approx 1 in 1,000 or 0.10% or 272,000 people in USA [about data]

Who gets Anorexia Nervosa?

Gender Profile for Anorexia Nervosa: Females much more than males (around 90%). Only 5-15% are males.

Gender Profile for Anorexia Nervosa: Females are much more likely than males to develop an eating disorder. Only an estimated 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia 18 and an estimated 35 percent of those with binge-eating disorder 19 are male. (Source: excerpt from The Numbers Count: NIMH)

How serious is Anorexia Nervosa?

Complications of Anorexia Nervosa: see complications of Anorexia Nervosa
Prognosis of Anorexia Nervosa: National Institute of Mental Health estimates that one in ten anorexic cases ends in death from starvation, suicide or medical complications like heart attacks or kidney failure. (Source: excerpt from Anorexia Nervosa: NWHIC)

What causes Anorexia Nervosa?

Causes of Anorexia Nervosa: see causes of Anorexia Nervosa
Risk factors for Anorexia Nervosa: see risk factors for Anorexia Nervosa

What are the symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa?

Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa: see symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

Complications of Anorexia Nervosa: see complications of Anorexia Nervosa

Can anyone else get Anorexia Nervosa?

More information: see contagiousness of Anorexia Nervosa
Inheritance: see inheritance of Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Anorexia Nervosa.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Anorexia Nervosa.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Anorexia Nervosa: General practitioner, Primary care physician, Dental professionals, Pediatrician, Gastroenterologist, General surgeon, Cardiologist, Psychologist, Gynaecologist, Psychiatrist, Endocrinologist, Neurologist, Dermatologist, Hematologist, Dietician ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Anorexia Nervosa.
Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa: see treatments for Anorexia Nervosa
Research for Anorexia Nervosa: see research for Anorexia Nervosa

Organs Affected by Anorexia Nervosa:

Organs and body systems related to Anorexia Nervosa include:

Name and Aliases of Anorexia Nervosa

Main name of condition: Anorexia Nervosa

Class of Condition for Anorexia Nervosa: behavior

Other names or spellings for Anorexia Nervosa:

apepsia hysterica, eating disorder, magersucht

Eating disorder - anorexia
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Anorexia Nervosa: Related Conditions

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