Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia nervosa is a poorly understood, complex condition marked by a set of behaviours the most important being voluntary self-starvation. The condition most commonly occurs in females between the ages of 12 and 21 but also occurs in men and in older women. There is progressive and severe weight loss, amenorrhea in women and impotence in men. It is estimated that between 10 and 25% of individuals diagnosed with anorexia nervosa die from the complications of severe malnutrition.

Resources:

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
www.nedic.ca

Other sites:
www.sheenasplace.org
www.something-fishy.org



Starving in the Silences : An Exploration of Anorexia Nervosa. Matra Robertson. New York University Press, 1992.

Surviving an Eating Disorder : Strategies for Family and Friends. Michele Siegel, Judith Brisman and Margot Weinshel. HarperPerennial, 1997.

When Girls Feel Fat : Helping Girls Through Adolescence. Sandra Susan Friedman. HarperCollins, 1997.