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Patient Biographies xxi Part 1: Overview ofAnorexia Nervosa 1 Questions 1-11 give background information about anorexia nervosa and discuss such topics as: "* What is anorexia nervosa? "* How is the diagnosis of anorexia determined? "* Is anorexia dangerous? What are the risks associated with anorexia? "* Do people with anorexia get better? Part 2: Weight Loss and Other Warning Signs 29 Questions 12-21 outline the characteristic signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa as well as related issues, including: "* What is "starvation syndrome"? "* Before my son developed anorexia, I thought it was only a problem for girls. What are some other myths about anorexia? "* It seems like there are many reasons why a person might lose appetite and not eat for a period of time. How can one know if anorexia is the cause? Part 3: Risk Factors 57 Questions 22-27 discuss the causes and risk factors for developing anorexia, including: "* What causes anorexia nervosa? "* How does the mass media influence ideas about anorexia and eating disorders? "* What about information on the Internet? Are Web sites about anorexia helpful or harmful? "* Does substance abuse commonly co-occur with eating disorders such as anorexia? Part 4: Special Considerations 83 Questions 28-36 address friendships, family planning, and other considerations, such as: "* I recently noticed that my sister has scars on her arms and wrists. I am concerned that she may be intentionally hurting herself. Why would she do this? "* What ethnic groups are affected by anorexia? "* I have read that people with anorexia have low self-esteem. Is this true? Part 5: Exercise and Athletes 103 Questions 37-42 explore the unique relationship between anorexia nervosa and athletes, and include topics such as: "* How much exercise is "too much" exercise? "* How is exercise approached in the treatment of anorexia nervosa? "* Are athletes at greater risk for developing anorexia and eating disorders? "* What is the "female athlete triad"? Part 6: Body Image Concerns 119 Questions 43-49 discuss body image as it relates to anorexia nervosa and include such topics as: "* What is body image? "* How do I know if I have a healthy body image? "* What are some of the risk factors for developing body image disturbance? "* What can I do to enhance my child's body image? Part 7: Supportfor Loved Ones 133 Questions 50-60 provide helpful information for families and significant others, including: "* I know caring for my child will be a challenge, but I'm not sure what to expect. What type of difficulties might I face? "* What about eating out? My family used to do this regularly, but now my son doesn't want to go with us because of his eating disorder. Should I insist that he go? "* I'm concerned about my college roommate. I really think she has an eating disorder, but I'm scared to approach her. What should I do? "* What are some practical suggestions for families of loved ones dealing with anorexia nervosa? Part 8: Weight Restoration, Nutrition, and Healthy Eating 153 Questions 61-74 discuss aspects of recovery related to healthy eating and nutrition, such as: "* What types of foods are included in a healthy, balanced approach to nutrition? "* How is weight restoration achieved, and why is it important? "* How will my treatment team determine my healthy weight range? Part 9: Treatment and Recovery 173 Questions 75-96 discuss treatment and recovery issues, including: "* How does a healthcare professional evaluate for anorexia? "* How do I choose a treatment team? "* How long does recovery take? "* What are some of the psychological treatments currently used for treating anorexia? "* How can I prevent a relapse of my symptoms? Part 10: Prevention andAdvocacy 215 Questions 97-100 discuss ways to prevent anorexia nervosa, including: "* Is anorexia preventable? "* What are some examples of successful prevention programs? "* What can individuals and families do to help with prevention efforts? AppendixA 223 Appendix B 227 Bibliography 235