Anorexia nervosa, or just anorexia, is an eating disorder characterized by the triad of abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of fatness, and a distorted body image. A person with the disorder might engage in radical methods to control their perceived body image — methods that often severely impact daily life. Body goals, even if reached, rarely remove anxiety about appearance.
At any given point in time, about 0.35% of young women and 0.1% of young men will suffer from anorexia nervosa.
Bulimia vs Anorexia
While there can be commonality between bulimia and anorexia, those with bulimia do not tend to appear underweight whereas those with anorexia are more likely to exhibit below average body weight.