Slideshow of Smith College photo exhibition "THIN".
THIN photo study of anorexia nervosa/bulimia by artist Lauren Greenfield.
Slideshow by Joey Huertas.
Anorexia affects both the body and the mind. Anorexia is not the only kind of eating disorder. If you would like information about other eating disorders, see the topics Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Anorexia nervosa (say "an-uh-RECK-see-uh nur-VOH-suh") is a type of eating disorder. People who have anorexia have an intense fear of gaining weight. They severely limit the amount of food they eat and can become dangerously thin. may start as dieting, but it gets out of control. You think about food, dieting, and weight all the time. You have a distorted body image. Other people say you are too thin, but when you look in the mirror, you see a fat person.
Anorexia usually starts in the teen years. It's much more common in females than males. Early treatment can be very effective. But if not treated early, anorexia can become a lifelong problem. Untreated anorexia can lead to starvation and serious health problems, such as bone thinning (osteoporosis), kidney damage, and heart problems. Some people die from these problems.
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