Anorexia Nervosa, one of three main eating disorders, is generally characterized as a medical illness that may be diagnosed when a person weighs 15 percent less than the suggested weight for their height and frame. Symptoms of anorexia include difficulty maintaining healthy body weight, intense fear of weight gain and severe body image distortion. Common symptoms include being significantly underweight, highly restricted food intake, obsessive exercise, negative focus on appearance, isolation, control issues and low self-esteem. Need more information on eating disorders in San Diego?
Health risks from Anorexia, in the family of eating disorders:
- Heart Failure
- Osteoporosis (reduction in bone density)
- Hair loss
- Loss of menstrual cycle
- Fainting, weakness, fatigue
- Skin irritation or acne