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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.
Caring Online offers comprehensive and informative website on adult eating disorders

Caring Online offers comprehensive and informative website on adult eating disorders

Eating disorders - hitting early and hard

Eating disorders - hitting early and hard

Eating disorders tough to conquer

Eating disorders tough to conquer

Prevalence of eating disorders higher than previously thought

Prevalence of eating disorders higher than previously thought

Study reveals Facebook users may face risk of developing eating disorders

Study reveals Facebook users may face risk of developing eating disorders

Scientists identify gene variants associated with eating disorder

Scientists identify gene variants associated with eating disorder

Women with anorexia nervosa at risk of unplanned pregnancies and induced abortions

Women with anorexia nervosa at risk of unplanned pregnancies and induced abortions

Eating disorders negatively affect oral health

Eating disorders negatively affect oral health

Abbott to withdraw Meridia medicine from the U.S. market

Abbott to withdraw Meridia medicine from the U.S. market

Family based treatment more effective than traditional individual-based therapy for anorexia nervosa

Family based treatment more effective than traditional individual-based therapy for anorexia nervosa

New SymPath kit measures DBH activity of Sympathetic Nervous System

New SymPath kit measures DBH activity of Sympathetic Nervous System

Abbott issues statement in response to FDA's mixed vote for weight loss medication sibutramine

Abbott issues statement in response to FDA's mixed vote for weight loss medication sibutramine

Study evaluates response to psychotherapeutical interventions in anorexia nervosa

Study evaluates response to psychotherapeutical interventions in anorexia nervosa

Fussy eating may be an “eating disorder” say researchers

Fussy eating may be an “eating disorder” say researchers

Web sites that promote anorexia raise concern

Web sites that promote anorexia raise concern

Majority of older women seek help for eating disorders

Majority of older women seek help for eating disorders

New book gives hope to women and families who are in difficult stages of anorexia treatment

New book gives hope to women and families who are in difficult stages of anorexia treatment

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