The pattern typically starts during adolescence as a normal attempt to diet, but gradually leads to more and more weight loss.
A person who weighs at least 15 percent less than the ideal weight for her age and height may be diagnosed as anorexic. There would be an intense preoccupation with food and body size, and this may also lead to compulsive exercise habits. Sometimes the victims of anorexia use laxatives and they may also force themselves to vomit.
Anorexia and other eating disorders can be treated.
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