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Jo-Ann was brought in by her mother because of weight loss, changed eating habits and amenorrhea for six months. Jo-Ann had started her menstrual periods at the age of 11 years. She was now 14 years old. She refused to get on the scale when the medical assistant asked her to do so, because she was afraid she had put on weight. She was examined by the physician who diagnosed Anorexia Nervosa.
Eating disorders are common among adolescent girls, although they can occur in boys, young men and women. If ignored, they can lead to fatal outcomes. Clinicians make a diagnosis of possible eating disorders on clinical history of change in weight (increase or decrease), preoccupation with shape or weight, skipping meals or binge eating, vomiting, mood changes, and loss of periods in adolescent girls. Eating disorders are associated with mental disorders such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and alcohol and drug misuse or dependence.
There are several different types of eating disorders, each with their own unique symptoms and complications.
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