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Anorexia Nervosa is a very serious condition sometimes resulting in death if a person does not get treatment, it is the deadliest psychiatric disorder in the world. In very severe cases of Anorexia Nervosa, patients can suffer from cardiac problems, kidney failure and liver failure. Every decade Anorexia Nervosa takes five point six percent of people’s lives suffering with the illness. There are certain signs that doctors look for when determining if a person is in fact anorexic. Anorexia actually affects at least one in every two hundred people and three quarters of them are females. People with Anorexic Nervosa are scared of being fat so will starve themselves just to maintain a body weight or height that is in fact far below average. The word “anorexia” originated from the Greek language and means “without appetite”. It is not that people suffer from no appetite, it is more like they choose to deny their appetite in fear of gaining weight. Anorexia Nervosa is also more likely to occur in teenage females who want to maintain their popularity or in dancers who must maintain a certain body weight. Magazines worldwide put so much depressing thoughts into people’s heads also by making the world believe that a model must be a size zero or one. No matter what size you are, you are beautiful and that is something that everyone needs to realize. This is a common, worldwide illness that affects many lives and the best thing you can do for a person is to get them help immediately. Anorexia Nervosa is known to affect humans anywhere from age eight and above, although most cases begin when they are between ages fifteen and eighteen. This disorder can be passed down through genes, can be caused from certain traits of one’s personality, and or if the person has had previous mental disorders. There are two types of people 2
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who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa. One type is when they starve themselves to refrain from gaining any weight and the other type is when they eat but force themselves to vomit after eating or take laxatives. They also can be known to exercise excessively to avoid gaining weight. To diagnose a person with Anorexia Nervosa a doctor will look for certain symptoms
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course NUTRITION ff taught by Professor Ff during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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