Characteristics of Anorexia
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
In today’s 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at anorexia nervosa, explaining some of the symptoms and characteristics of the eating disorder.
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.
Common symptoms of anorexia include:
• Seeing his or her body as fat, even though they are 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
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, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.