oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Anorexia nervosa and eating disorders : review

Volume 79, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



In today's culture, many people have become obsessed with losing weight. Although it is human nature for a person to want to look different or improve certain physical features, an eating disorder may occur when a preoccupation with being thin consumes a person's eating habits, thoughts and life. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are examples of eating disorders. They are multidimensional illnesses that involve complex and challenging psychological issues, and can have life-threatening medical consequences. Binge eating is another eating disorder that has serious health consequences. The assessment and care of patients with eating disorders is extremely difficult. However, with treatment, support from others and smart self-help strategies, eating disorders can be overcome. This short review article discusses the most frequently encountered eating disorders.

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