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What is Anorexia Nervosa? Anorexia nervosa is a serious medical and mental health condition that can be life-threatening. Anorexia is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and typically a distorted body image. Sufferers may restrict caloric intake or purge calories consumed through vomiting (also called purging), laxative/diuretic abuse and/or compulsive exercise.
Who gets it?
What causes it?
Anorexia is a bio-psycho-social illness, meaning that biological, psychological and sociocultural aspects contribute to the development of the illness. Anorexia – or any eating disorder, for that matter – is not a choice.
What are the symptoms?
Anorexics can have a normal BMI (because of excessive muscle mass or past obesity or starving to maintain a normal weight)
Anorexics can STILL menstruate
Health Consequences of Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa involves self-starvation. The body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally, so it is forced to slow down all of its processes to conserve energy. This “slowing down” can have serious medical consequences:
How is it treated?
Due to the complexity of this condition, anorexia recovery requires comprehensive treatment from an experienced, multidisciplinary treatment team, including medical and psychiatric stabilization, nutritional intervention and psychological support.
At ACPN, our trained multi-disciplinary team provides evidence-based treatments based on Family-Based Therapy (FBT or “The Maudsley Approach”) and Enhanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E)
With proper treatment, a full and lasting recovery is possible. The ACPN has the only specialized program in the U.A.E. dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders, like anorexia.
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