Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a complicated eating disorder, often rooted in both biological and psychological issues

Characteristics Of Anorexia

  • Intense drive for thinness, resulting in severe emaciation
  • Significant weight loss
  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat
  • Distorted body image
  • [For women] Cessation of the menstrual cycle (amenorrhea) for at least three months
  • [For men] Decreased sexual drive
Anorexia Nervosa

Important Facts

  • Typically develops in adolescence or young adulthood
  • Affects about one in 2,400 adolescents
  • 90-95 percent of affected individuals are female
  • Usually preceded by dieting behavior, including exercise
  • Psychological problems displaced onto food
  • Unusual food behaviors
  • Vicarious enjoyment of food (e.g., cooking it, serving it, being around it)
  • Preoccupation with body weight and image
  • Weight loss becomes increasingly important
  • Denial of the condition can be extreme
  • Body image disturbance (i.e., misperception of body size and shape)
  • Pronounced emotional changes
  • Low self-esteem

Learn More About The Laureate Eating Disorders Program

Please call us with questions at 918-491-3702. If you’re outside the Tulsa metro area, please call 800-322-5173. There is no cost for the screening call and no obligation to proceed with treatment.