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What is anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is an illness that involves having an extreme desire to be thin. The key elements of anorexia nervosa are: a refusal to keepbody weight at a healthy level, an intense fear of being fat, a distorted body image. Many teens who have anorexia stop having their periods or don’t get it on a regular schedule.
|Symptoms ofAnorexia Nervosa |
|Physical|Emotional |
|Dramatic weight loss |Depression ||Slow heart rate |Anxiety or nervousness |
|Low blood pressure|Distorted body image |
|Low body temperature |Intense fear of weight gain|
|Brittle hair and finger nails |Low self-esteem |
|Hair loss|Withdrawal from friends & activities |
|Dry skin & dehydration |Thinking about food mostof the time |
|Growth of lanugo (soft furry hair on face, back & arms) |  |
|Amenorrhea (menstrual periodstops) |  |
|Slow or stunted growth | ...
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