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Origin of anorexia nervosa
Words nearby anorexia nervosa
Medical definitions for anorexia nervosa
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Cultural definitions for anorexia nervosa
A psychosomatic disorder in which the sufferer refuses to eat and undertakes activities (such as self-induced vomiting) to bring about extreme weight loss. Anorexia, which is also characterized by a distorted self-image, occurs most often in young women aged twelve to twenty-one and may result in death if medical treatment is not obtained. Treatment for anorexia often includes extensive counseling to reveal underlying emotional problems.