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Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

If anorexia nervosa is left untreated, it can be fatal.

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa, also known simply as anorexia, is an eating disorder characterized by the restriction of food and the refusal to maintain a minimal healthy body weight. Individuals with anorexia often restrict their food intake in order to lose weight, though other methods of weight loss are often used as well.

Anorexic Behavior

Individuals suffering with anorexia might start by limiting or excluding food from their diet that they deem to be high in fat or calorie content. Once the eating disorder takes hold, the individual usually adopts an extremely restrictive diet.

Other common methods of weight loss may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Laxative abuse
  • Diuretic abuse
  • Insulin abuse
  • Excessive exercise

A Distorted Body Image

For those who suffer with anorexia nervosa, any actual or perceived weight gain is met with intense fear of becoming fat. Weight loss does little to alleviate this fear. Most individuals with anorexia experience a distorted body image, perpetually viewing themselves as overweight.

Some anorexics understand that they are thin, but view body parts associated with sexual maturity such as the breasts, buttocks, hips and thighs as being fat.

Anorexics frequently check their body size and weight though frequent weighing, measuring, pinching, trying on of clothes and looking in the mirror.

A Struggle for Control

For individuals with anorexia, self-esteem and self-worth are directly tied to body shape and weight. For an anorexic, weight loss is viewed as a success, a sign of extraordinary self-discipline and control over life. Likewise, any weight gain—both  perceived and real—is viewed as a personal failure and



Anorexia Nervosa Symptoms

Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:

  • Dramatic, rapid and obvious weight loss
  • Obsession with calories and fat content in foods
  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Perceiving yourself as overweight when you are not
  • Persistent dieting when you are already underweight

Medical Complications from Anorexia Nervosa

If left untreated, anorexia can be life-threatening. Some medical complications that can result from anorexia nervosa include a loss of menstruation, hypotension (low blood pressure), hypothermia, bradycardia (low heart rate), renal failure and death.

For a complete list of potential medical problems for anorexia nervosa, visit our Medical Complications page.

Our Anorexia Programs and Lifelong Recovery

Anorexia affects both the body and mind. Rader Programs understands this complexity and will help you to build the anorexia treatment that fits with your lifestyle. Patients often experience body image distortion that can be brought back into healthy proportion with the right anorexia treatment.

Eating Disorders Treatment

Effective eating disorders treatment requires individualized treatment methodologies. We offer different levels of care tailored to your individual needs including a 24-hour program, a daycare program, a family program that allows loved ones to assist in the recovery process, and continued care. Let Rader Programs design the anorexia treatment plan that will keep you healthy for life.

Getting Help for Anorexia

Anorexia destroys lives and tears families apart. If anorexia is left untreated, it can be fatal. At Rader Program, we’re dedicated to crafting a personalized anorexia nervosa treatment plan in order to rebuild your spirit mind and body, as well as improve your personal relationships to form a healthier, balanced lifestyle.

Our interdisciplinary staff works around the clock to provide you with personalized care and put you on the road to total recovery.

Let Rader Programs help you achieve a healthier, happier future.

For more information on Rader Program’s anorexia treatment and other treatment programs, call 1.800.841.1515 or request a free assessment today.