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However, if the condition is severe, temporary treatment in a hospital might be needed.
Outpatient treatment and day programs can also be very helpful in supporting people as they make changes to behavioural, thinking and eating patterns.
When a person with anorexia nervosa restricts their eating, it is not a lifestyle choice but a sign of a complex condition with serious effects for both physical and mental health.
A common misconception is that anorexia nervosa only affects young women, but it affects males and females of all ages, including children. Of the nearly one million Australians estimated to have eating disorders in 2012, over 25,000 (over 18,000 females and over 7,000 males) had anorexia nervosa.Last updated: June 2017 Content on this website is provided for information purposes only.Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not in any way endorse or support such therapy, service, product or treatment and is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or other registered health professional.It is thought that there might be a genetic component to anorexia nervosa, along with personality traits such as perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and anxiety and depression putting someone at further risk.A reaction to a change in life circumstance may trigger or re-trigger an eating disorder, as can a singular traumatic experience or repeated exposure to trauma, bullying or abuse.Models and players of some sports that place emphasis on body weight and shape (such as gymnasts, jockeys and dancers) might also be at increased risk of an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa. People with anorexia nervosa commonly have an unhealthy preoccupation with food, weight or shape.They have an intense fear of gaining weight, even though they are at a significantly low weight.Physical signs and symptoms may include: Eating disorders can be an aspect of a range of conditions.The detrimental physical and medical effects make it important for people who might have anorexia nervosa to see their doctor as soon as possible.Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening eating disorder and a serious mental illness that causes severe weight loss.It has one of the highest death rates of all mental illnesses, with 10 to 20 per cent of those developing the disorder dying within 20 years from medical complications or suicide.