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A. Overview of Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is characterized as a progressively increasing health issue that plagues a vast amount of the female population worldwide. According to The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders [RCF], (2003), up to 24 million people in the nation and 70 million persons around the world are disturbed by all the categories of eating disorders (RCF, 2003). More specifically, anorexia is placed third on the list of most prevalent prolonged diseases among the pubescent female population (RCF, 2003). In order to grasp how anorexia nervosa is such a substantial problem as well as the history behind the matter, the eating disorder must first be identified and analyzed. According to the American Psychiatric Association [APA], (2000), the DSM-IV-TR: 307.1 lists four critical principles for the evaluation of anorexia nervosa: (a) defiance when it comes to managing an appropriate weight for age and height, (b) acute distress of excess avoirdupois, (c) extremely distorted body image, (d) and the lack of menses in post-menarcheal females (DSM-IV-T…
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