Anorexia nervosa

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Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that has both physical and psychological consequences. Learn about the signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatment for anorexia nervosa.

Key points

  • Anorexia nervosa can affect anyone regardless of body shape, size, weight, age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic background.
  • Anorexia nervosa is not a choice, but a serious and life-threatening, biologically influenced illness.
  • Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder and mental health condition that involves having a distorted body image and under-eating to maintain an unhealthy low body weight.
  • It is a very serious condition and has one of the highest death rates of all mental health conditions.
  • Early detection and intervention are important. Full recovery is possible.
Last updated: March 13th 2023