Commonly thought of as a ‘slimmers disease’, anorexia nervosa is an expression of much deeper issues. It is a way of coping with uncomfortable feelings and difficult problems - a way of controlling something in life. The person with anorexia nervosa is starving and has a fear of being normal weight. They believe that if they eat normally they will become fat and lose control of eating, so they become obsessed with food, counting calories and working out elaborate ways of avoiding food.

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