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Anorexia nervosa is a life threatening psychological, eating disorder that is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss more than what is required to carry out daily activities..
It comes from emotional challenges, unrealistic body image and fear of becoming overweight or obese.
It often begins during teenage or early adulthood.
A person with anorexia will intentionally restrict their food intake mainly due to a fear of being/becoming fat despite being emaciated.
Anorexia affects females more often than males and is most common in young females.
Caucasians are more often affected than people of other ethnicity.
It is more common in middle and upper socioeconomic groups.
Other risk factors associated with it are:
Complications can be multisystemic and severe.
Physical complications include: