An estimated 0.5 percent to 3.7 percent of females and 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent of males suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:
- Refusal to maintaining body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for one's age and height
- Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though one is underweight
- Disturbance in the way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of low body weight
- Infrequent or absent menstrual periods (in females who have reached puberty)
Anorexia Nervosa. Last reviewed 12/31/1969
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