Patients typically have low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and a body image disturbance.
While more often detected in women, cases in young men may be under-represented.
Weight restoration with re-feeding techniques is essential for prevention of sequelae, such as heart failure, fertility problems, and osteoporosis.
Patients are often identified through family intervention and the patient's non-specific complaints.
Early intervention is key in order to prevent long-term psychiatric and physiological complications.
Among psychiatric illnesses, anorexia nervosa has one of the highest premature mortality rates (mortality is 12%).
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder characterised by low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and a body image disturbance.
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PSP declares that she has no competing interests.
Dr Pauline S. Powers would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr Abby M. Irwin, a previous contributor to this monograph. AMI declares that she has no competing interests.
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