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What are the symptoms of anorexia?1

Anorexia, also known as anorexia nervosa, is a serious and potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by restriction of food intake leading to significantly low body weight in relation to developmental age and physical health. Intense fear of gaining weight, a pre-occupation with body shape and weight, and disturbance in the way in which one’s body shape and weight is experienced are prominent symptoms of anorexia.

How common is anorexia?1

The 12-month prevalence rate for anorexia nervosa among young females is 0.4%.

What is CBT for anorexia like?

For all disorders, the CBT therapist starts by educating clients about their diagnosis and about CBT, helps clients set goals, and teaches clients essential thinking and behavioral skills. When working with clients with anorexia, the CBT therapists puts special emphasis on behavior change leading to establishing regular eating, and thoughts and beliefs supporting an over-valuation of body shape and weight, control and clinical perfectionism.

1American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. doi:10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.744053