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Psychiatry & Psychotherapist located in New Bedford, MA & Brockton, MA

Anorexia is an eating disorder in which individuals engage in self-imposed starvation, have an intense fear of weight gain, and experience a distorted body image.

Anorexia Q&A

What are the symptoms of anorexia?

Symptoms of anorexia include extreme weight loss, distorted body image, intense fear of gaining weight, preoccupation with food, and anxiety around eating.


Who is at risk for anorexia?

Anyone can develop anorexia, but it is more common in women and young adults. Genetic, environmental, and psychological factors may contribute to the development of the disorder.


How is anorexia treated?

Treatment for anorexia usually involves a combination of medical care, psychotherapy, and nutritional counseling. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary.


Can anorexia be cured?

Anorexia is a chronic condition, but with proper treatment, people with the disorder can recover and maintain a healthy weight and relationship with food.


What can I do to support someone with anorexia?

Encourage your loved one to seek professional help, educate yourself about anorexia, and offer emotional support without judgment. Avoid commenting on their weight or appearance, and focus on their feelings and experiences.