Understanding Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious eating disorder characterised by extreme weight loss, distorted body image, and an intense fear of gaining weight. Men and women of any age can have Anorexia. 

ABBI Clinic specialises in providing expert day care for adults with Anorexia Nervosa.

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Signs and symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

  • Eating very little, missing meals, avoiding certain foods
  • Low body weight
  • Believing you are overweight when your weight is below a normal BMI
  • Loss of menstrual periods or irregular periods
  • Physical health concerns such as dizziness, tiredness, hair loss or dry skin

A personalised approach to Anorexia Nervosa treatment

Our comprehensive treatment process for Anorexia Nervosa begins with a thorough assessment and diagnosis. We then create individualised treatment plans tailored to each client’s unique needs.

Our approach
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Have questions?

If you or a loved on are struggling with an eating disorder or you’re worried that you might be, please get in touch with us today.

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, eating disorders are relatively common, affecting individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of eating disorders has increased and it is estimated that there are approximately 1.25 million people living with an eating disorder in the UK. Around 25% of those are male.

Causes of eating disorders are multifactorial, including genetic predisposition (family history of eating disorder or other mental health condition), psychological factors (depression, anxiety, fear of being overweight, being a perfectionist), societal pressures (social media, having a job or hobby where size matters), and individual experiences (abuse, bullying, personal criticism about diet/eating, family tension).

Eating disorders are mental health conditions characterised by abnormal eating patterns, thoughts, and behaviours that often have serious physical and emotional consequences. This can include eating excessively or not eating enough. It can lead to preoccupation with food and dietary patterns. They can also include other compensatory behaviours such as self-induced vomiting or misuse/overuse of medication. They can have a serious impact on all aspects of an individual’s life.

People may develop eating disorders due to a combination of genetic, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental factors.

It is challenging to overcome an eating disorder without professional treatment, as it often requires comprehensive intervention from a multidisciplinary team to address all aspects of the condition.

Yes, the exact treatment an individual requires depends on the underlying condition, but eating disorders are usually treated through a combination of psychological therapy, medical supervision, and nutritional support. Research shows that treatment is most effective when it is initiated early. With appropriate treatment, support, and ongoing care, it is possible to heal from an eating disorder.

If you’re seeking more information on treatment options, you can contact us.

Anorexia nervosa involves restrictive eating and extreme thinness, while bulimia nervosa involves cycles of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviours like vomiting or excessive exercise.

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