Eating disorders also commonly known as Anorexia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by the inability to maintain a minimally normal weight, a devastating fear of weight gain, relentless dietary habits that prevent weight gain, and a disturbance in the way in which body weight and shape are perceived.
An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is present when a person experiences severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating, or feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape.
The symptoms are as follows: • Dry skin • Hypercarotenemia • Lanugo body hair • Acrocyanosis • Atrophy of the breasts • Swelling of the parotid and submandibular glands • Peripheral edema • Thinning hair Diagnosis and Treatment: During a physical exam, doctor may check your height, weight, and vital signs.
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