Anorexia Nervosa

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Akshay Patel Psychology Period 9 Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that occurs mostly in women and girls. The characteristics of Anorexia nervosa are fear of gaining weight, self-starvation, and a distorted view of body image. The condition is brought on by emotional disorders that make the person worry excessively about the appearance of their body. There are two general types of anorexia. Strict dieting and exercise characterize one, the other includes purging and binging. Binging is the act of eating abnormally large amounts of food in a short period of time. Purging is force vomiting or using other methods such as laxatives to empty the stomach. One who suffers from anorexia is known as an anorexic. Anorexia nervosa was first classified as a mental disorder in 1980 and has since become a growing problem in the United States. The number of cases has doubled since 1970, and experts now estimate that 0.5 to 1 percent of all white females may be anorexic. About 90 percent of all anorexics are female, although the number of males
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