Anorexia nervosa is a psychological eating disorder in which a distortion in the perception of body image leads to an unreasonable fear of weight gain and preoccupation with dieting and thinness, resulting in excessive, sometimes life-threatening, weight loss while the individuals continue to feel overweight and fail to acknowledge that their weight is a medical problem. Anorexia nervosa can be fatal.
Anorexia is often thought of as a modern problem, but the English physician Richard Morton first described it in 1689. Anorexia nervosa is recognized as a psychiatric disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 5th ed. DSM–5, published by the American Psychiatric Association.
Individuals with anorexia are on an irrational, unrelenting quest to lose weight, and...Read more