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How do people with anorexia behave with food?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

People with anorexia nervosa (AN) have an intense fear of becoming fat or gaining any weight, even though they are often underweight. They seriously restrict their caloric intake and are generally acutely aware of every calorie that goes into their bodies. Besides restricting, people with anorexia may also binge and purge, but the resulting calories consumed are less than the average person, and much less than is needed for healthy functioning.

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