- Anorexia nervosa is a psychologicaleating disorder in which a person refuses to eat adequately, inspite of hunger and they lose enough weight to becomeemaciated. The illness usually begins with a normal weight -loss diet. The person eats very little, and refuses to stop dietingafter a reasonable weight loss. People most affected are femaleadolescents and young adults.
- Unknown. However, all patients havefamily and internal conflicts, including sexual conflicts.Increased risk from peer pressure to be thin. History of slightoverweight. Perfectionists, compulsive or overachievingpersonalities. Psychological stress.