People may see themselves as overweight even when they are dangerously underweight. They typically weigh themselves repeatedly, severely restrict the amount of food they eat and eat very small quantities of only certain foods. It is considered a mental disorder and it can sometimes lead to suicide.
- Extremely restricted eating
- Extreme thinness (emaciation)
- A relentless pursuit of thinness and unwillingness to maintain a normal or healthy weight.
- Intensive fear of gaining weight
- Distorted by image, a self-esteem that is heavily influenced by preceptors of body weight and shape or denial of the seriousness of low body weight
- Bluish discoloration of the fingers
- Hair that thins, breaks, or falls out
- Soft downy hair covering the body
- Absence of menstruation
- Dry or yellowish skin
- Intolerant to cold
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Low blood pressure
- Swelling of arms and legs
Anorexia Treatment and Therapies
- Individualized, group, and/or family psychotherapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Maudsley approach (anorexia)
- Medical care and monitoring
- Nutritional counseling
- Mood stabilization.