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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.
Adolescent males with anorexia nervosa have higher mortality rates

Adolescent males with anorexia nervosa have higher mortality rates

Twin study investigates the role of the microbiome as a modifier in mental disorders

Twin study investigates the role of the microbiome as a modifier in mental disorders

Research identifies genetic connection between anorexia and morning chronotype

Research identifies genetic connection between anorexia and morning chronotype

Eating disorder claim lines increase significantly from 2018 to 2022

Eating disorder claim lines increase significantly from 2018 to 2022

How do different organ microbiomes influence neuropsychiatric disorders?

How do different organ microbiomes influence neuropsychiatric disorders?

Review of Oregon's assisted dying law finds significant data gaps

Review of Oregon's assisted dying law finds significant data gaps

ADHD linked to risk for several common and serious mental health issues

ADHD linked to risk for several common and serious mental health issues

Floatation therapy may be a novel treatment for anorexia nervosa

Floatation therapy may be a novel treatment for anorexia nervosa

Research reveals surprising genetic overlap between neurological and psychiatric disorders

Research reveals surprising genetic overlap between neurological and psychiatric disorders

The mediating role of emotional eating in the relationship between dietary restraint and BMI

The mediating role of emotional eating in the relationship between dietary restraint and BMI

Diabetes drug may help recover from short periods of severe food insecurity or anorexia

Diabetes drug may help recover from short periods of severe food insecurity or anorexia

Can a disrupted gut microbiota contribute to anorexia nervosa pathogenesis?

Can a disrupted gut microbiota contribute to anorexia nervosa pathogenesis?

Exposure therapy could be a promising treatment for adolescents with eating disorders

Exposure therapy could be a promising treatment for adolescents with eating disorders

Childhood and adolescent obesity: time to act

Childhood and adolescent obesity: time to act

A review on two novel eating disorders

A review on two novel eating disorders

Spike in eating disorders: Millions of people suffer from the condition

Spike in eating disorders: Millions of people suffer from the condition

Neural mechanisms underlying the effects of mindfulness on anxiety in anorexia nervosa

Neural mechanisms underlying the effects of mindfulness on anxiety in anorexia nervosa

Circadian rhythm disruption is shared by a broad range of mental illnesses, study finds

Circadian rhythm disruption is shared by a broad range of mental illnesses, study finds

Women diagnosed with anorexia nervosa are more likely to have underweight babies

Women diagnosed with anorexia nervosa are more likely to have underweight babies

Anorexia patients show notable reductions in three critical measures of the brain, study reveals

Anorexia patients show notable reductions in three critical measures of the brain, study reveals