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Weight Loss due to Anorexia Overview

Another name for Weight Loss due to Anorexia is Anorexia Nervosa.

What is anorexia nervosa?
A person with anorexia nervosa has a severe eating disorder that that is triggered by emotional problems. As a coping mechanism, the person obsesses about weight and food and believes that being thin increases self-worth. Those with anorexia nervosa try to maintain a body weight that is too low. As a result, they do not receive enough calories to meet the needs of the body, which results in life-threatening weight loss. People with anorexia nervosa are severely under-weight and have an abnormally low body mass index.

What are the symptoms of anorexia nervosa?
Early symptoms of anorexia nervosa include obsession with diet and exercise, intense fear of gaining weight, and weight loss. Other symptoms include constipation, depression, dry skin, leg swelling, and weakness or fatigue.

How does the doctor treat anorexia nervosa?
Treatment for anorexia nervosa usually includes some combination of group therapy or mental health counseling and medications.

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Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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