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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by a refusal to maintain a minimally normal body weight. A person afflicted with this disorder is intensely afraid of gaining weight and exhibits a significant disturbance in the perception of the shape or size of his or her body. Postmenarcheal females with this disorder are amenorrheic. The term anorexia is a misnomer because loss of appetite is rare. Individuals usually deny their problem and resist therapy. The individual weighs less than 85% of what is considered normal for that person's age and height. The Metropolitan Life Insurance tables of pediatric growth charts provide information on weight related to height.

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