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CHARACTERISTICS, COMPLICATIONS, AND TREATMENT Starving: Anorexia Nervosa Definition and Types Undereat and become severely underweight Fear of becoming fat/gaining weight even when currently underweight Results in  amenorrhea    the cessation of normal menstrual cycles Restricting type   pure starvation Binge-eating/purging type   binging and purging behaviors with the net effect an  under-consumption of the food energy necessary to maintain body weight History Medical description in England 1689 “nervous consumption” Restricting oneself is an ancient human tradition In modern times, anorexia reflects cultural beliefs about appearance “Flapper” era 1910-1925   long, tall women become fashionable “Twiggy” 1960’s   first of the supermodels   sparked movement toward  emaciation  3% of US college women develop anorexia nervosa Characteristics Affects judgment 
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  • Fall '09
  • Anderson
  • normal menstrual cycles, Restricting type, Obsessive compulsive behavior, Poor micronutrient intake, ancient human tradition

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