Causes and Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa | Parenting Guide

Dealing with anorexia: a parenting guide
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Anorexia nervosa: symptoms and causes

Anorexia isn't a simple trend that young girls decide to adopt overnight. Anorexia is an extremely complex illness that psychiatrists still struggle to explain fully because it has so many potential causes.

In the UK, around one in every 200 women suffers from Anorexia and one in every 2,000 men. In the 15 to 30 age group it's one in every 100 women*.

These are figures that are not going down despite awareness of the problem in the world of fashion and in the women's press.

To better understand Anorexia we look at potential causes, symptoms and how we can help prevent Anorexia from affecting ourselves, our friends and, most importantly, our children.

Read on for explanations...

* Figures from and

Photo of Isabelle Caro from No Anorexia campaign, photo by Oliveiro Toscani
NB: The model featured in the campaign died as a result of her anorexia.

With thanks to Ada Picard, researcher in psychiatry at the Montsouris Institute, specialising in eating disorders; and to Gail, Emily and Julie.  
Health and Fitness Editor
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