Anorexia Nervosa is a disorder in which preoccupation with dieting and thinness leads to excessive weight loss. The individual has an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image and weighs less than the 85% of expected normal weight.
- Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height
- Restrictive Eating
- Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight.
- Disturbance in way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight.
- Loss of period in women who have reached puberty
Exhibits much concern about weight
Complaints of "feeling" fat
Suffers from depression (including shame, anger and guilt)
Attributes social and professional successes/ failures to weight gain/loss
Denial of hunger
Loathing of body, hiding shape and weight