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'''Anorexia nervosa''' is a disorder in which the individual has an intense fear of becoming fat and therefore eats far too little to sustain normal body functions. It usually manifests itself in an extremely unhealthy body image.  If left untreated, it can lead to serious physiology injury or death.   
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'''Anorexia nervosa''' is a disorder in which the individual has a body image distortion and an intense fear of becoming [[overweight]] and therefore eats far too little to sustain normal body functions. It usually manifests itself in an extremely unhealthy body image.  If left untreated, it can lead to serious physiology injury or death.   
  
 
*Anorexia is more than just a problem with food. It is a way of using food or starving oneself to feel more in control of life and to ease tension, anger, and anxiety. Most people with anorexia are female.<ref>[http://www.4women.gov/faq/easyread/anorexia-etr.htm]</ref>
 
*Anorexia is more than just a problem with food. It is a way of using food or starving oneself to feel more in control of life and to ease tension, anger, and anxiety. Most people with anorexia are female.<ref>[http://www.4women.gov/faq/easyread/anorexia-etr.htm]</ref>
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Many sources speak of the condition as if it caused itself. Anorexia is a syndrome in which a person chooses to starve themselves, out of an exaggerated fear of gaining weight. The National Women's Health Information Center, a federally sponsored program, claims that anorexia ''causes this fear''.<ref>[http://www.4women.gov/faq/easyread/anorexia-etr.htm]</ref>
 
Many sources speak of the condition as if it caused itself. Anorexia is a syndrome in which a person chooses to starve themselves, out of an exaggerated fear of gaining weight. The National Women's Health Information Center, a federally sponsored program, claims that anorexia ''causes this fear''.<ref>[http://www.4women.gov/faq/easyread/anorexia-etr.htm]</ref>
  
==See Also==
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==Notes==
 
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[[Bulimia nervosa]]
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== Sources ==  
 
== Sources ==  
  
 
Abnormal Psychology, Rosenhan & Seligman, 1984
 
Abnormal Psychology, Rosenhan & Seligman, 1984
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==See Also==
  
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[[Bulimia nervosa]]
 
[[Category: Psychology]]
 
[[Category: Psychology]]

Revision as of 00:48, 19 November 2007

Anorexia nervosa is a disorder in which the individual has a body image distortion and an intense fear of becoming overweight and therefore eats far too little to sustain normal body functions. It usually manifests itself in an extremely unhealthy body image. If left untreated, it can lead to serious physiology injury or death.

  • Anorexia is more than just a problem with food. It is a way of using food or starving oneself to feel more in control of life and to ease tension, anger, and anxiety. Most people with anorexia are female.[1]

Factors Credited As Contributory

Many factors of society are at times credited with causing the number of eating disorders to increase. For example, the media perception of larger-than-average bodies as 'too fat', or something that must be changed via dieting, can contribute to many having an unhealthy body image. Also, some have cited society's pressure on women to be thin and desirable, and on men to be large and muscular, as something that can enhance eating disorders.

Circular reasoning

Many sources speak of the condition as if it caused itself. Anorexia is a syndrome in which a person chooses to starve themselves, out of an exaggerated fear of gaining weight. The National Women's Health Information Center, a federally sponsored program, claims that anorexia causes this fear.[2]

Notes

Sources

Abnormal Psychology, Rosenhan & Seligman, 1984

See Also

Bulimia nervosa