Anorexia Nervosa

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is prevalent especially among young women and, increasingly, among young men. Marked by a distorted sense of body image and extreme voluntary starvation—and closely associated with perfectionism and depression—it is the most deadly psychiatric disorder. Anorexia is highly resistant to treatment, and when the starvation becomes life-threatening, the usual recourse is hospitalization with forced feeding.



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