New research shows that our assumptions about disordered eating are often wrong. Many larger-bodied people are starving themselves and suffering tremendously as a result.
Their plight is vastly misunderstood by those who only see someone who appears large. The onlooker has no idea of the reality of this person’s severe struggle with eating.
The diagnosis for this, albeit controversial, is atypical anorexia nervosa. These individuals exhibit some or all of the same symptoms as someone with anorexia nervosa, except for the extreme weight loss.
Psychotherapy, along with other interventions, may help someone both understand and manage this misunderstood condition.
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