Anorexia Nervosa

Characterized by self starvation

Early in a person's battle with Anorexia Nervosa.

  • *Low self-esteem
  • Misperception of hunger, fullness, and other bodily sensations
  • *Feelings of lack of control in life
  • Distorted body image
  • *Overachiever
  • Compliant
  • Anxious

Symptoms often seen when an anorexic has been fighting this eating disorder for some time.

  • *Menstrual cycle stops (also known as amenorrhea)
  • increasing preoccupation with food and eating
  • *perfectionistic behavior
  • *compulsive exercise
  • eats alone
  • fights with family
  • attempts to control family's eating
  • *increased amounts of facial and body hair (referred to as lanugo)
  • fatigue
  • *decreased amount of scalp hair and thin, dry scalp
  • disassociation

These symptoms appear when a person is in the crucial (later) stage of anorexia.

  • *Emaciated appearance (at least 25% loss of total body weight)
  • *feelings of control over body
  • rigid
  • depression and apathy
  • malnutrition
  • *mood swings
  • *diminished capacity to think
  • electrolyte imbalance (weakness)
  • *denial of problem (sees self as fat)
  • *joint pain (difficulty walking and sitting)
  • sleep disturbance