is a serious eating disorder characterized by distorted perceptions of body image and weigh. Anorexia affects women and men of all ages, but aproximately 90 percent are women between 12 and 25 years of age.
Key features of Anorexia Nervosa:
- Frequently starving (in denial) and refusal to maintain minimally normal body weight
- Afraid of appearing fat, and obsession with calories and nutrition
- Associated with depressive symptoms such as depressed mood, irritability, social withdrawal, insomnia, decreased libido
- Additional features supporting diagnosis: self-induced vomiting or purging, excessive exercise, use of appetite suppressants and/or diuretics
Early detection is important, since prognosis improves when treatment occurs in the earlystages of these disorders.
Advice for parents include:
- Eating meals together as a family
- Watch out for bullying, particularly on social media
- Communicate with your teenagers
- Help Teenagers cope with failure