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Chapter 14A: Spotlight on Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nerosa

Until the anorexia nervosa was a relatively obscure disease. Today an estimated females between the ages of 13 and 19 suffers from anorexia. Those who suffer from anorexia . Because most cases of anorexia begin during puberty, some experts believe that it may be related to . When parents are asked to describe a child with anorexia they will usually describe her as . Most experts agree that anorexia cannot ever be completely cured and patients will struggle somewhat for the rest of their lives. The earlier the person receives treatment, the better the prognosis. The first goal of treatment is to . Treatment programs for anorexia usually use a .

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa has been recognized as an eating disorder since . Bulimic patients are usually in their twenties or thirties and tend to feel . Whereas families of anorexic patients tend to include , families of bulimic patients tend to include . To meet the official DSM-IV definition of the disorder, bingeing and purging must occur at least . Bulimic patients who frequently purge develop a variety of physical symptoms such as . During treatment for bulimia nervosa, patients may also be treated for substance abuse and .


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