Anorexia nervosa is a serious, life-threatening eating disorder. People with anorexia nervosa fear weight gain and may obsessively diet and exercise, even to the point of starvation.

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I Had an Eating Disorder for 21 Years—but Doctors Wouldn't Diagnose Me With Anorexia Because of My Weight

Because she didn't look like someone with an eating disorder, Shira Rosenbluth, 31, was caught in a cycle of binging, purging, and restricting her food intake for two decades—until she was correctly diagnosed and started treatment to help her heal.

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