Anorexia most commonly affects younger women, with teenage girls being at particularly high risk. These women may develop unhealthy ideas of what an attractive body looks like, and may become obsessed with staying thin or restricting food intake.
They may see their own body unrealistically, focusing only on particular flaws or unwanted features. While men are susceptible to anorexia as well, somewhere between 80% and 90% of cases are diagnosed in women and girls.
Symptoms to watch out for include skipping meals, avoiding certain food groups (i.e., all carbohydrates, all fat), obsessive exercising, constantly dieting, or a preoccupation with their body image. Anorexia is one of the most deadly mental illnesses, but these issues are treatable and recovery is possible.
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