Anorexia Nervosa

by Kaila Menard

What is it?

Anorexia is a mental disorder categorized by a intense fear of food/ weight gain, low body weight and distorted body image.

Body systems

Your body before is namal and healthy you eat when you're hungry and you subset a healthy body weight when you have anorexia you have a very low body weight (at least 15% below healthy weight) many symptoms are heart pulsations, hair loss, kidney failure, low blood pressure, low white blood cell count, trouble breathing and swallowing, heart attacks, cardiac arrest, low body temperature, blood issues like amila, tooth decay, loss of bone density, mulenerasment, low electights. just to name a few

Traget popluration

Anorexia affects people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. But is most common in female teens and young adults but don't forget that males take up 5%-15%

Why do people get anorexia

There are still many questions on why people get anorexia but we do know some things.

  • medias pressure on what someone should look like

  • family's pressure

  • peers criticism and pressure

  • this is genetic and its most common in females

  • directly related with drug abuse


Doctors will do physical and mental evaluations. here is the criteria.

According to the DSM-5 criteria, to be diagnosed as having Anorexia Nervosa a person must display:

  • Persistent restriction of energy intake leading to significantly low body weight (in context of what is minimally expected for age, sex, developmental trajectory, and physical health) .

  • Either an intense fear of gaining weight or of becoming fat, or persistent behaviour that interferes with weight gain (even though significantly low weight).

  • Disturbance in the way one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body shape and weight on self-evaluation, or persistent lack of recognition of the seriousness of the current low body weight.


Restricting type

Binge-eating/purging type

Signs and symtems

  • obsession over weight

  • only eating safe foods

  • food rituals like cutting food into small pieces

  • significant weight loss

  • social isolation

  • security when it comes to food

  • not eating in front of others

  • going to the bathroom after eating (purging type)

  • being cold in not cold areas

  • hair loss

  • mood swings

  • suicide attempts

  • depression anxiety bipolar bpd

  • anemia and other blood problems


there are many different levels of treatment.

  • outpatient this is when you go to therapy and a nutritionist and pcp on a weekly bases

  • IOP when you go to an ed clinic for sometimes meals and group therapy you still have a op team

  • PHP partial hospitalization program is when you are in a clinic for 10 hours a day you eat all your meals and snacks there and you engage in therapy then you go home at night

  • Resi resi is when you live in a ed clinic for a center amount of time this is where all meals snacks and extras is monitored you also do lots of therapy

Inpatient this is mainly to make you stable you only go in to inpatient if you are physically unstable


the death rate is 4% this is the highest death rate out of all mental illnesses with a high suicide rate

this condition takes an average of 5-7 years for recovery but 30% never fully recover most people will have this for the rest of their lives this is a fight that many do not recover from and is a real issue these people

DO NOT WANT ATTENTION!!! so you can stop saying that right now


I was diagnosed at age 13 with anorexia. I've been through all the the levels of care and I want to speak out about it.
What is ANOREXIA Nervosa -- Eating Disorder Video #6

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