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Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a mental health disorder characterised by sudden weight loss as a result of intense dieting, fasting, self-provoked vomiting, the use of laxatives, or excessive physical exercise. Anorexia nervosa is also associated with an intense fear of weight gain as well as a distorted body image.

This problem is related to many complications at the social, physical and psychological levels. Among these complications are anxiety, depression, dizziness, loss of consciousness, osteoporosis, and many more. People suffering from this disorder sometimes tend to isolate themselves socially. Anorexia nervosa is a serious illness which, if left untreated, can lead to death.

Who can suffer from anorexia nervosa?

This eating disorder does not affect a particular group of people. It can affect people regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. While anorexia nervosa was formerly associated with women, statistics have shown that 5 to 10% of cases occur in men.

Book list recommendation

It is not always easy to understand the complexity of the eating disorders. The recovery process needs time and may be challenging for people living with the illness. It may also bring many emotions for the loved ones. Being informed allow a better understanding of this illness and its issues.

ANEB suggest a book list which is addressed for those suffering from an eating disorder, for their loved ones, as well as for the counsellors who may want to understand the problem. Reading some testimonials from people who have recovered from an eating disorder is also suggested.

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