What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is one type of eating disorder in which a person severely limits the amount of food he or she eats to prevent weight gain or lose weight. Many people with anorexia have a fear of gaining weight or believe they are obese (overweight) even when they are not. Anorexia causes serious health problems and has the highest mortality rate of any other mental health illness and a high suicide rate. Therefore, it is important to take any warning signs or symptoms of the disorder seriously.

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Anorexia Nervosa: Parents as Part of the Treatment Team

Anorexia Nervosa is a biologically-based disorder that involves restricting one’s food intake, leading to significantly low body weight. Anorexia is accompanied by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of one’s body.

Parents and caregivers are an integral part of recovery and, as a result, are one of the most important members of the treatment team.

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"To the Bone" and Eating Disorder Treatment: Did Netflix Get it Right?

The Netflix movie To the Bone portrays a semi-autobiographical story about a 20-year-old girl named Ellen and part of her journey through recovery from an eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. Overall, this movie seeks to raise awareness about something that doesn’t get enough discussion. But in doing so, it raises many questions.

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Eating Disorders: Awareness is the First Step

As the medical director of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Eating Disorders Program, I am a passionate advocate, but I must be honest – I was skeptical when asked to write about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.


PediaByte 41: Anorexia Nervosa

Listen to Dr. Mike and Dr. Terrill Bravender discuss anorexia nervosa.