Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder. People with anorexia struggle to keep their weight at or above the normal range for their age and height.

Anorexia most often develops in the teenage years. It often continues into adulthood.

People with anorexia often:

  • Have an intense fear of weight gain
  • Do many things to prevent weight gain
  • Perceive their body weight or shape in a way that is not true
  • Do not know how severe their low body weight is

To lose weight, people with anorexia often:

  • Restrict food
  • Exercise too much
  • Make themselves vomit
  • Abuse laxatives after meals

Eating disorders are a type of mental illness. It’s vital to seek treatment for anorexia. The effects can be deadly.

There are two types of anorexia: restrictive type and binge-eating / purging type.