According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), Anorexia Nervosa affects roughly one percent of the adult population in the United States. Although the condition is treatable, it is very serious and can potentially be fatal.

The NIMH suggests that up to 10% of those with the disorder may die from complications. But according to the Renfew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders, up to 20% of anorexics will die from the condition.

Because of the serious nature of Anorexia, it is incredibly important to recognize the warning signs. The following are some of the physical, behavioral, and emotional warning signs associated with Anorexia Nervosa:

Physical Signs of Anorexia

Anorexia is an eating disorder whereby a person does not eat enough calories or nutrients to sustain proper health. Some of the following physical signs of anorexia may only be present in serious cases of the disease. It is also important to mention that some of these signs are also symptoms of other medical conditions, so be sure your loved one is assessed by a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis:

Behavioral Symptoms

In hindsight by many loved ones, behavioral signs of Anorexia manifest before the physical signs:

Emotional Symptoms of Anorexia

If, after reading these warning signs, you are concerned your friend or loved one may be developing Anorexia, it is important they seek treatment before the condition becomes serious and deadly. Seeking guidance from a qualified healthcare professional is the first step to physical recovery.

Once proper nutrition has been established, it is important that you or your loved one seek guidance from a mental health professional to get to the root cause of the disorder.

If you’d like to explore treatment options, please give me a call. I’d be more than happy to discuss how I may be able to help.




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