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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.
Anorexia nervosa linked with alteration of the activity of serotonin in their brain

Anorexia nervosa linked with alteration of the activity of serotonin in their brain

Surgical myectomy gives fresh start to patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Surgical myectomy gives fresh start to patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Overactive dopamine receptors may help explain anorexia nervosa symptoms

Overactive dopamine receptors may help explain anorexia nervosa symptoms

Undetected autism in women manifests as anorexia nervosa

Undetected autism in women manifests as anorexia nervosa

E-health therapies attract national accolades

E-health therapies attract national accolades

A weighty issue: can your eating habits make you infertile?

A weighty issue: can your eating habits make you infertile?

New treatments for eating disorders

New treatments for eating disorders

Fresh insight into how teenage girls with anorexia nervosa really feel about themselves

Fresh insight into how teenage girls with anorexia nervosa really feel about themselves

Eating too much in childhood predicts development of bulimia nervosa in adulthood

Eating too much in childhood predicts development of bulimia nervosa in adulthood

Hormone leptin could play a key role in treating bone loss, anorexia and infertility in women

Hormone leptin could play a key role in treating bone loss, anorexia and infertility in women

Children with chronic fatigue syndrome who exercise recover faster than children who are encouraged to give way to their symptoms

Children with chronic fatigue syndrome who exercise recover faster than children who are encouraged to give way to their symptoms

Law will create comprehensive care centers for those struggling with eating disorders

Law will create comprehensive care centers for those struggling with eating disorders