Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a person’s refusal to maintain at least 85% of their normal bodyweight. Individuduals with anorexia have a distorted body perception, they see themselves as "fat" when their weight is normal or much less.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Continual dieting
  • Rapid weight loss of more than 15%
  • Preoccupation with food, nutrition, calories and/or fat grams
  • Avoidance of eating in public
  • Skipping meals, hiding food, pretending to eat
  • Excessive exercise
  • Frequent weighing