Symptoms of anorexia include:
  • Anxiety, depression, perfectionism, or being highly self-critical
  • Dieting even when one is thin or emaciated
  • Excessive or compulsive exercising
  • Intense fear of becoming fat, even though one is underweight
  • Menstruation that becomes infrequent or stops
  • Rapid or extreme weight loss, which the person may try to hide by wearing clothes that are loose fitting
  • Strange eating habits, such as avoiding meals or monitoring every fork or spoonful of food that they eat 
  • Eating only very small amounts
  • Unusual interest in food
Anorexia can cause serious and in somce cases life threatening illnesses inlcuding: 
  • Damage to major organs, especially the brain, heart and kidneys
  •  Irregular heartbeat
  •  Low blood pressure, pulse, body temperature, and breathing rates
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Thinning of bones
In about one out of every ten cases, anorexia is fatal. The most common causes of death include cardiac arrest, electrolyte imbalance and suicide.

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