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Is anorexia an eating disorder?

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Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder, which is an abnormal and possibly life-threatening eating habit, according to the American Psychological Association. Characterization of anorexia nervosa includes excessive weight loss and self-induced starvation, says the National Eating Disorders Association.

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As of 2015 the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa include restricting food intake, fear of weight gain and problems with body image, such as a distorted self-image, according to Mayo Clinic. If a doctor suspects a patient has anorexia nervosa, he performs a physical exam, lab tests such as a urinalysis or complete blood count, x-rays to check bone density and heart condition, and a thorough psychological evaluation.

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