Anorexia nervosa (say "an-uh-RECK-see-uh nur-VOH-suh") is an eating disorder that causes a person to eat very little because of an intense fear of gaining weight. People who have it refuse to maintain a normal weight and can become dangerously thin. If it goes on for a long time, it can cause serious health problems or even death.
People who have anorexia often don't see or believe that they have a problem.
It is usually up to their loved ones to get help for them. Early treatment is important. The longer this problem goes on, the
harder it is to overcome.
September 27, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & W. Stewart Agras, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
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