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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.
Healthy relationship with food will lead to a better, more promising future for children

Healthy relationship with food will lead to a better, more promising future for children

Psychologists and neuroscientists study link between brain volume reduction and anorexia

Psychologists and neuroscientists study link between brain volume reduction and anorexia

EDNOS categorization for young people needs to be reconsidered

EDNOS categorization for young people needs to be reconsidered

Feelings of guilt and shame haunt mothers with eating difficulties

Feelings of guilt and shame haunt mothers with eating difficulties

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital gearing up for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital gearing up for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

APA releases proposed draft diagnostic criteria for DSM-5

APA releases proposed draft diagnostic criteria for DSM-5

Study reveals people with anorexia nervosa have increased fat content in their bone marrow

Study reveals people with anorexia nervosa have increased fat content in their bone marrow

WDI utilizes DXA analysis for fitness and weight management programs

WDI utilizes DXA analysis for fitness and weight management programs

Integrated eating disorders center to be launched shortly

Integrated eating disorders center to be launched shortly

Gastrointestinal symptoms may interfere with nutritional management of ED patients

Gastrointestinal symptoms may interfere with nutritional management of ED patients

New website launched by Eating Disorder Hope to provide a comprehensive resource on eating disorders

New website launched by Eating Disorder Hope to provide a comprehensive resource on eating disorders

Neural correlates of impaired cognitive-behavioral flexibility in anorexia nervosa

Neural correlates of impaired cognitive-behavioral flexibility in anorexia nervosa

Stress implicated in anorexia nervosa and obesity

Stress implicated in anorexia nervosa and obesity

Appetite-stimulating hormone may protect muscle from atrophy

Appetite-stimulating hormone may protect muscle from atrophy

Aussies wanted for international groundbreaking study on depression

Aussies wanted for international groundbreaking study on depression

Eating disorders should be recognized as serious mental illnesses

Eating disorders should be recognized as serious mental illnesses

Psychiatric disorders common in adults who have had anorexia

Psychiatric disorders common in adults who have had anorexia

New form of cognitive behavioural therapy shows potential to treat majority of cases of eating disorders

New form of cognitive behavioural therapy shows potential to treat majority of cases of eating disorders

North Carolina mental health parity law comes into effect

North Carolina mental health parity law comes into effect

Hunger hormone ghrelin increases during stress, may have antidepressant effect

Hunger hormone ghrelin increases during stress, may have antidepressant effect