What is anorexia nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by the desire to appear thin, the obsessive fear of gaining weight and body dimorphic disorder (distorted self image.) Though prevalent among adolescent girls, anorexia can affect anyone. People with anorexia feel hunger yet refuse to give their bodies enough food. Some eat as little as 600 calories a day, while others attempt total starvation. Sadly, anorexia is a serious psychiatric disorder that can be fatal if not effectively treated.