Anorexia Nervosa

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Who becomes Anorexic?

An estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of people suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime. While anorexia mostly affects girls and women (90–95 percent), it can also affect boys and men.

It was once thought that women of color were shielded from eating disorders by their cultures, which tend to be more accepting of different body sizes. Sadly, research shows that as African American, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native women are more exposed to images of thin women, they also become more likely to develop eating disorders.

Other useful links regarding Anorexia

  • Anorexia Overview
    • People with anorexia nervosa see themselves as overweight even though they are dangerously thin. Read more about Anorexia.
  • What happens to your body with Anorexia?
    • Read about what happens to your body with Anorexia. See what happens with such things as hair, your muscles and joints, skin, hormones, and intestines with anorexia.
  • What causes Anorexia?
    • There is no single known cause of anorexia. But some causes of anorexia include, culture, family, biology, personality and stressful life events or changes.
  • Prognosis and Treatment for Anorexia
    • Read about Anorexia treatment, which may include individual therapy, family therapy, neurofeedback or medicine.
  • What should I do if I think someone I know has Anorexia?
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