Anorexia Nervosa Is An Eating Disorder Essay

2437 Words Oct 28th, 2016 10 Pages
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that affects many of people every day affects both genders and a variety of ages. According to our Abnormal Psychology textbook, the definition of anorexia nervosa is; a serious condition marked by a restriction of energy intake relative to needed energy requirements, resulting in significantly low body weight in the context of age, sex, development, trajectory, and physical health. Anorexia nervosa is the fear of gaining weight or being over a certain weight. (Abnormal Psychology pg. 235).
There are three ways to identify feeding disorders. The first way to diagnose a feeding disorder is to determine persistent eating of nonnutritive, nonfood substances over a period of one month. The second way that a feeding disorder can be diagnosed is if the eating nonnutritive, nonfood substances is inappropriate to the developmental level of the individual. The third and final way to determine an eating disorder is if the eating behavior is not part of a culturally supported or social normative practice. There are many types of feeding disorders, with anorexia being one of them. (DSM-5) There are ways to identify feeding disorders, and there are also ways to identify anorexia nervosa. The three ways to diagnose anorexia are similar but do have a few differences. The first way to diagnose anorexia is the restriction of energy intake relative to requirements, leading to a low body weight in the context of age, sex, developmental…

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