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 refeeding 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 nonspecific 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 characterized 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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