What is anorexia nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder marked by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. It is often driven by an intense fear of gaining weight, in addition to several genetic, biological, and environmental factors.
What are the two types of anorexia?
Anorexia classically comes in two forms:
- Restricting Type: The intentional avoidance of caloric or food intake.
- Binge-Purge Type: This includes a binge episode and some kind of compensatory behavior such as overexercise, vomiting, diuretics, laxatives, and diet pills.
Those impacted by anorexia are unable or unwilling to maintain adequate nutritional intake and a body weight expected for their age and height. Anorexia often stems from a distorted view of self and appearance, which leads to an unhealthy relationship with food and behaviors such as restricting and binge eating/purging. Many times malnutrition results in a loss of hunger cues, which can intensify body distortions and these harmful actions.
Anorexia can result in serious medical complications, including cardiac issues, low blood pressure, muscle loss, kidney damage, and even loss of life.
What is atypical anorexia?
Some people do not experience significant weight loss despite restricting and/or purging while also having all of the other symptoms associated with anorexia. This is referred to as atypical anorexia and is often overlooked by healthcare providers because the person’s body mass index (BMI) does not fall outside of the “healthy” range. This lack of intervention can lead to more serious and resistant symptoms. Atypical anorexia is equally as serious as classic anorexia and requires proper treatment.
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