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Anorexia typically begins around puberty, but can occur at any age. It is a life threatening mental illness characterized, over a period of at least three months, by:
Other symptoms may include:
While the causes of anorexia nervosa are not completely understood by medical and psychological professionals, it is acknowledged that an array of biological, social, genetic, and psychological factors play a role in increasing the risk of its onset.
All information taken from the National Eating Disorder Information Centre website © 2014