Anorexia Nervosa

Damage to the Heart: How Eating Disorders Affect the Cardiovascular System

Eating disorders are quite complex and from the outside may look like just a weight problem. However, they are much more.  Most people don’t

Expecting: Pregnancy and Anorexia

Pregnancy and Anorexia at the same time can be a difficult combination. During pregnancy, a woman’s body must provide for all of the nutritional

Anorexia Statistics: The Real Facts

When you consider anorexia statistics, it’s clear to see this is more than just someone else’s problem. What’s important to know is that you

Anorexia Athletica Defined

Anorexia athletica defined is a set of conditions that are different from anorexia and bulimia, though this condition is not officially recognized as such.

Anorexia Warning Signs to Watch For

It’s essential to look for anorexia warning signs. Often times, this condition is one that goes unnoticed until it becomes significant and severe. Individuals

Get Help for Eating Disorders at The Bella Vita

We are here for you when you are ready to get help for eating disorders.  At The Bella Vita, treatment focuses on getting your

Getting Help for Anorexia Nervosa

Of those suffering from anorexia, 20% will prematurely die from physiological complications related to their eating disorder, including cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, 1 in 5

Recent Neurobiological Findings about Anorexia Nervosa

Recent neurobiological findings about anorexia nervosa show that during low body weight, the anorexic’s brain can be damaged with loss of brain tissue and

Treatment for Anorexia

When searching for treatment for anorexia, selecting an eating disorder specialist is important.  Eating disorder specialists, along with a comprehensive treatment team, will guide

How is Anorexia Diagnosed?

Diagnosis of this complex illness is made by a mental health professional, usually after identifying symptoms and behaviors that characterize the illness. There are

Symptoms of Anorexia

Anorexia symptoms frequently develop over a period of years in women and men with certain genetic or emotional pre-dispositions and become more evident during

What is Anorexia?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition; (DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) diagnostic criterion for Anorexia Nervosa are as follows:

Restriction of energy

What is Anorexia?

What is Anorexia? 

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by a distorted body image, low body weight combined with an obsessive fear of weight gain.  An anorexic controls their weight by starvation, exercise, vomiting and purging. Other factors include: 


Dr. Patricia Pitts was interviewed for a segment on Extra, featuring Manorexia, which airs Friday December 5th at 7:00pm on Channel 4.  A former Bella Vita client who had anorexia, was also interviewed.

I am currently recovering from severe anorexia

I am currently recovering from severe anorexia, my BMI is 17.5 up from around 13, nine months ago.  I have been eating regular meals

Signs of Anorexia

Signs of Anorexia

Do you think a friend or family member may be exhibiting signs of anorexia?  Here are some of the symptoms or signs to look for:

  • Refusal to maintain at or above the minimally normal weight for height and age
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Distorted body image
  • Loss of three consecutive menstrual periods
  • Extreme concern with body weight and shape