Definition

An eating disorder characterized by the refusal or inability to eat which creates a state of self-starvation.

Characteristics

Victims have a severe distortion of body image and extreme concern about appearances.  Use voluntary starvation, excessive exercise and diet pills to try and achieve idealized body proportions. Have an obsession with food and calories.

Physical Complications or Side Effects

Skin problems, dizziness, headaches, dehydration, osteoporosis, constipation, irregular or no menstrual periods, possible infertility, hair loss, nails falling off, kidney and liver failure, heart ailments or ultimately cardiac arrest and/or death.

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