Anorexia Nervosa is characterized primarily by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. It is "an intense and irrational fear of body fat and weight gain, an iron determination to become thinner and thinner, and a misperception of body weight and shape to the extent that the person may feel or see "fat" even when emaciation is clear to others. Food, calories, weight, and weight management dominate the person's life."
Facts vs. Myths
Being thin will mean being happy.
Being happy is within you. It is a state of mind you create that is not dependent on anything else. You can be happy regardless of your weight or circumstances.
Only good little rich girls become anorexic.
Although anorexia appears more pronounced in times of plenty, culture is currently preoccupied with thinness and many young women, regardless of their background andstatus, have bought in to this obsession.
Useful Links to other sites about Eating Disorders:
The Center for Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, Inc
Eating Disorder Shared Awareness
MentalHealth.net’s Eating Disorder Page
Mirror Mirror Eating Disorder Shared Awareness
Eating Disorders/Disordered Culture