Anorexia Nervosa Causes Severe Weight Loss Symptoms, Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Signs

Anorexia nervosa is a potentially deadly eating disorder caused by self imposed starvation. Marked by an intense fear of gaining weight, those suffering the disorder extremely limit their food intake and exercise excessively to lose weight. Even when underweight, they’re view of themselves is distorted toward over weight.

Anorexia nervosa has the highest occurrence in adolescence or young adult Caucasion females who are high academic achievers. The cause of the disorder is largely unknown, yet it’s believed that food and weight are used to deal with an underlying emotional problem.

Those suffering with anorexia nervosa do not acknowledge they have an eating disorder. However, the severe weight loss symptom is noticed by their thin appearance.

Other symptoms or signs of anorexia nervosa may include:

As time goes on, anorexia nervosa can cause more serious health complications, like:

And severe dehydration may cause seizures or shock

Some of the tell tale signs that anorexia nervosa may be afoot are:

  • meal skipping
  • repeatedly weighing
  • excuses for not eating
  • not eating around others
  • checking in mirror for flaws
  • cutting food into very small pieces
  • eating only low fat & low calorie foods
  • spitting food out instead of swallowing
  • inappropriate expressions about being fat

These anorexia nervosa signs are also shared by some without the disorder. But if the severe weight loss symptom is apparent, then the eating disorder situation needs professional health care attention.