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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.
Brains of people with anorexia and obesity are wired differently

Brains of people with anorexia and obesity are wired differently

People with AN consume more of test meal in vodcast condition

People with AN consume more of test meal in vodcast condition

Israel says no to skinny models

Israel says no to skinny models

Scientists report about a brain circuit that mediates loss of appetite

Scientists report about a brain circuit that mediates loss of appetite

Anorexia on the rise among kids and anti-obesity campaigns blamed

Anorexia on the rise among kids and anti-obesity campaigns blamed

BMI method can determine expected body weight for adolescents with eating disorders

BMI method can determine expected body weight for adolescents with eating disorders

Relationship between anorexia nervosa and authentic self a significant issue

Relationship between anorexia nervosa and authentic self a significant issue

Deficits in endocannabinoid function may contribute to eating disorders

Deficits in endocannabinoid function may contribute to eating disorders

State roundup: Wis. insurance savings; N.Y. major hospital merger possible; psychiatric hospitals' hard times

State roundup: Wis. insurance savings; N.Y. major hospital merger possible; psychiatric hospitals' hard times

Study links leptin levels with symptoms of depression, anxiety

Study links leptin levels with symptoms of depression, anxiety

Obesity a brain condition, not just a lifestyle disorder, research confirms

Obesity a brain condition, not just a lifestyle disorder, research confirms

Integrated treatment approach could save lives of women with addiction

Integrated treatment approach could save lives of women with addiction

EDRP offers free family counseling to combat eating disorders in adolescents

EDRP offers free family counseling to combat eating disorders in adolescents

ADA releases new position paper, 'Nutrition Intervention in the Treatment of Eating Disorders'

ADA releases new position paper, 'Nutrition Intervention in the Treatment of Eating Disorders'

Scientists identify possible genetic variations linked to eating disorders

Scientists identify possible genetic variations linked to eating disorders

Individuals with anorexia nervosa have elevated mortality rate

Individuals with anorexia nervosa have elevated mortality rate

Women with higher leptin levels have fewer symptoms of depression

Women with higher leptin levels have fewer symptoms of depression

Estrogen therapy improves low bone density in teenage girls with anorexia nervosa

Estrogen therapy improves low bone density in teenage girls with anorexia nervosa

Patients with body dysmorphic disorder have less brain activity in visual processing

Patients with body dysmorphic disorder have less brain activity in visual processing

Study shows why individuals with anorexia nervosa have paradoxical response to food

Study shows why individuals with anorexia nervosa have paradoxical response to food