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Treatment

Anorexia is an eating disorder where you feel a need to keep your weight as low as possible.

Symptoms of anorexia include believing you're fat when you're a healthy weight or underweight, eating very little or missing meals.

Anorexia is usually treated with talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of anorexia include believing you're fat when you're a healthy weight or underweight, eating very little or missing meals.

Signs and symptoms of anorexia

Signs and symptoms of anorexia include:

Some people with anorexia may also make themselves sick, do an extreme amount of exercise, or use medicine to help them poo (laxatives) or to make them pee (diuretics) to try to stop themselves gaining weight from any food they do eat.

Read more on the NHS website.

Anorexia is usually treated with talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Medical treatments

You can recover from anorexia, but it may take time and recovery will be different for everyone.

Your treatment plan will be tailored to you and should consider any other support you might need, such as for depression or anxiety.

If you are over 18, you should be offered a type of talking therapy to help you manage your feelings about food and eating so that you are able to eat enough to be healthy. Talking therapies that are commonly used to treat anorexia in adults include:

If you are under 18, you should be offered family therapy. You may also be offered another type of talking therapy, such as CBT or adolescent-focused psychotherapy.

Read more on the NHS website.