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A person with anorexia nervosa, often called anorexia, has an intense fear of gaining weight. Someone with anorexia thinks about food a lot and limits the food she or he eats, even though she or he is too thin. Anorexia is more than just a problem with food. It's a way of using food or starving oneself to feel more in control of life and to ease tension, anger, and anxiety. Most people with anorexia are female. While anorexia mostly affects girls and women (85 - 95 percent of anorexics are female), it can also affect boys and men. It was once thought that women of color were shielded from eating disorders by their cultures, which tend to be more accepting of different body sizes. It is not known for sure whether African American, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native people develop eating disorders because American culture values thin people. People with different cultural backgrounds may develop eating disorders because it’s hard to adapt to a new culture (a theory called “culture clash”). The stress of trying to live in two different cultures may cause some minorities to develop their eating disorders.
Intermittent fasting – not just a fad for cardiac patients

Intermittent fasting – not just a fad for cardiac patients

Patients with anorexia nervosa face similar health complications as their counterparts with low BMI

Patients with anorexia nervosa face similar health complications as their counterparts with low BMI

Study: Normal body weight can hide eating disorder in teens and young adults

Study: Normal body weight can hide eating disorder in teens and young adults

Anorexia rates rising in younger children

Anorexia rates rising in younger children

UC San Diego's CMCR announces research grants to explore cannabis for medical applications

UC San Diego's CMCR announces research grants to explore cannabis for medical applications

Researchers find eating disorder trends that warrant increased screening

Researchers find eating disorder trends that warrant increased screening

Individuals with many different psychiatric disorders have heightened impulsivity, study finds

Individuals with many different psychiatric disorders have heightened impulsivity, study finds

Stress inhibits eating behavior

Stress inhibits eating behavior

Researchers discover how stress can decrease the desire to eat

Researchers discover how stress can decrease the desire to eat

Study: Causes of anorexia are likely metabolic and psychological

Study: Causes of anorexia are likely metabolic and psychological

Anorexia may be as much a metabolic disorder as it is a psychiatric one, say scientists

Anorexia may be as much a metabolic disorder as it is a psychiatric one, say scientists

New study identifies eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosa

New study identifies eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosa

Researchers describe the early warning signs of eating disorders

Researchers describe the early warning signs of eating disorders

Study reveals early warning signs of having an eating disorder

Study reveals early warning signs of having an eating disorder

Workshops and online interventions provide support for parents of anorexia patients

Workshops and online interventions provide support for parents of anorexia patients

Study shows 30-year outcome of adolescent-onset anorexia nervosa

Study shows 30-year outcome of adolescent-onset anorexia nervosa

York researchers share new findings on who is at risk for orthorexia nervosa

York researchers share new findings on who is at risk for orthorexia nervosa

History of eating disorders associated with future depressive symptoms among mothers

History of eating disorders associated with future depressive symptoms among mothers

Study of teens with eating disorders explores how substance users differ from non-substance users

Study of teens with eating disorders explores how substance users differ from non-substance users

Mount Sinai study identifies 20 new genetic associations with bipolar disorder

Mount Sinai study identifies 20 new genetic associations with bipolar disorder