Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that causes people to have an obsessive fear of gaining weight, which leads to distorted body image and difficulty maintaining healthy body weight. Two subtypes of Anorexia Nervosa exist: the restricting subtype and the binge-eating/purging subtype. If you struggle with the restricting subtype, you may maintain low body weight by significantly limiting food intake. Those who experience the binge-eating/purging subtype may restrict their food intake and routinely engage in binge-eating and/or purging behaviors. These behaviors may include self-induced vomiting, compulsive exercise, and abuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas.
According to Dr. Thomas Insel, former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Anorexia Nervosa is a “brain disease with severe metabolic effects on the entire body.” Anorexia Nervosa can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender, wealth, job status, sexual orientation, ability, neurodiversity, race, ethnicity, or body shape and size.
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