Anorexia nervosa is one particular type of eating disorder which affects the person’s relationship with food and their body. It causes the young person to become preoccupied with weight and body shape to the point that weight loss becomes a central feature of their life.
Their thinking about their body and about food becomes distorted by their illness and consequently they have difficulty making any realistic appraisals about food or their own body shape. Their behaviour becomes almost solely directed towards the goal of weight loss with previous interests becoming secondary and relationships with friends and family frequently becoming strained as others struggle to comprehend the behaviour. Anorexia nervosa is a serious mental health illness which affects all sorts of people. The prevalence of Anorexia nervosa in adolescents stands at 1%, with 20% becoming chronic in nature and about 6% will die of the illness.
Anorexia Nervosa Information Booklet
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