what is anorexia

Anorexia is characterized by an aversion to eating and fear of gaining weight.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 1% of women and adolescent girls have anorexia. The percentage of men and adolescent boys with anorexia is much lower, as males account for less than 10% of reported cases, but the incidence in males is increasing. In the U.S., more than 1,000 women die annually from anorexia.