Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious mental illness

Anorexia Nervosa is a mental illness that can be life threatening and occurs in both males and females.  The good news is, early intervention and the provision of appropriate treatment can result in a person recovering from Anorexia Nervosa.  The earlier an eating disorder is engaged in treatment, the greater the likelihood of recovery.


​There are a number of myths that exist around Anorexia Nervosa that are really unhelpful. 


What we do know is:

  • no-one chooses Anorexia Nervosa;

  • dieting is a predictor for the development of an eating disorder;

  • cultural factors such as the glorification of thinness has a significant impact on a person's self-esteem and body image;

  • a person's personality and traits can make them more susceptible to disordered eating;

  • excessive exercise can be seen as a pre-cursor;

  • most people go to great lengths to hide their eating disorder behaviour;

  • there is no evidence that proves a link between family dysfunction and the onset of Anorexia Nervosa.


While the presentation of Anorexia Nervosa differs from person to person, for a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa some-one would need to meet the following criteria as per DSM-5:

  • "Persistent restriction of energy intake leading to significantly low body weight;

  • An intense fear of gaining weight or of becoming fat, or persistent behaviour that interferes with weight gain;

  • Disturbance in the way one's body weight or shape is experienced;

  • persistent lack of recognition of the seriousness of the current low body weight."




​Anorexia Nervosa should be considered if a person displays:

  • a preoccupation with weight;

  • change in a person's tolerance to food or preoccupation with food;

  • unexplained tiredness;

  • signs of depression and/or anxiety;

  • decrease in concentration;

  • perfectionistic traits;

  • distorted body image;

  • change in menstruation;

  • self-harm;

  • suicidal ideation.

Evolving Minds provide early intervention to those who may be showing signs of Anorexia Nervosa, or have a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa.  We also provide support to family members who may be caring for someone with Anorexia Nervosa.

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