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Unformatted text preview: Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age & height ◦ Weight at least 15% below minimum healthy weight Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat Distortions in perception of one’s body weight Types: ◦ Restricting Type ◦ Binge/Purge Type Recurrent episodes of binge eating ◦ Eating in a discrete amount of time an amount of food that is larger than what most would eat ◦ Feeling lack of control over eating Recurrent inappropriate behaviors to prevent weight gain Self-evaluation heavily influenced by body shape and weight ◦ More than 90% of those with eating disorders are women  the number of American women affected has doubled in the past three decades. ◦ Currently, 1-4% of all young women in the United States are affected by eating disorders  Anorexia nervosa, for example, ranks as the third most common chronic illness among adolescent females in the United States ◦ White women somewhat more likely than black women ◦ Usually begins between ages of 15 and 19 Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure ◦ risk for heart failure rises as the heart rate and blood pressure lower. Reduction of bone density (osteoporosis), which results in dry, brittle bones. Muscle loss and weakness. Severe dehydration, which can result in kidney failure. Fainting, fatigue, and overall weakness. Fainting, fatigue, and overall weakness....
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