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Were you looking for information on Anorexia? Anorixia is a common misspelling of anorexia.
Anorexia is an eating disorder identified, in part, by a refusal to eat, an intense desire to be thin, repeated dieting attempts, and excessive weight loss. The disease affects from 0.5 percent to 1 percent of the female adolescent population, and its average age of onset is between 14 and 18 years.
People with this disorder believe they are fat even when they are dangerously thin. Although they are often characterized as perfectionists and overachievers who appear to be in control, people with this condition actually suffer from low self-esteem and overly criticize themselves.
Some of the things that they may do in order to maintain an abnormally low weight include dieting, fasting, and over-exercising, as well as misusing laxatives, diuretics, or enemas. Treatment often includes therapy and nutritional counseling. More severe cases may require hospitalization.
(Click Anorexia to read the full eMedTV article on this topic. This article describes the health risks associated with anorexia and the different steps involved in treating the disorder -- as well as how anorexia can often develop after a stressful life event. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
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