chapter  1
What is anorexia nervosa?
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A person with anorexia nervosa struggles to maintain a healthy weight. The illness occurs in both sexes but mainly in women. Mostly, it develops in childhood or adolescence and those affected feel terrifi ed at the prospect of eating food and of gaining weight. Sufferers don’t necessarily lose their appetite but become intensely anxious at the thought of consuming food. Their desire to lose weight differs to that of someone who goes on a hunger strike and stops starving if their goals are met. Sadly, for the person with anorexia nervosa, losing weight can become a way of life with no end point.