Anorexia 2

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that makes people lose more weight than is considered healthy for their age and height. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill explains some of the symptoms and characteristics of the eating disorder.

Dr. Hill:

Anorexia nervosa is a complex eating disorder that affects 1 percent of the U.S. population. The disorder is most common in teens and young adults. Females are much more likely to develop anorexia than males.

An eating disorder is a serious medical illness. Anorexia needs to be recognized early in the disease process and treated by specialists in eating disorders.

The exact causes of anorexia nervosa are not known. Many factors may be involved.

Common symptoms of anorexia include:

Seeing his or her body as fat, even though the person is underweight

Intense fear of gaining weight

Restricting food or types of food

Eating only foods with minimal calories

Stopping or never having a monthly menstrual period

Secrecy around food and denial of a problem with eating, and

Some people with anorexia make themselves vomit even though they have not overeaten.

Anorexia is a serious illness. All people with anorexia need treatment. This includes taking steps to maintain a healthy weight, learning good eating habits and receiving professional counseling.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.