BSIP, MAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BSIP, MAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Anorexic woman sitting down to a meal of one pea. Anorexia nervosa is a psychological condition in which patients voluntarily starve themselves. This often leads to severe weight loss and subsequent poor health. The disorder distorts sufferers' body image, meaning that they don't notice how thin they are, and continue to starve themselves. If left untreated the condition can be fatal through malnutrition.
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