Anorexia and Treatment
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that impacts mind, body and spirit. It is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted view of one’s own body. Because they view themselves as “fat” even when they are thin, people with anorexia starve in order to lose weight and may exercise excessively, sometimes to the point of becoming dangerously thin.
A person may be diagnosed with anorexia when their weight is at least 15 percent less than their normal body weight. Left untreated, anorexia can lead to life-threatening health complications, such as heart problems, kidney damage and osteoporosis.