Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by low body weight, distorted body image and an obsessive fear of gaining weight or becoming overweight. The two common subtypes of anorexia nervosa include the binge-purge type and restrictive type. While there are two classifications of subtypes, they still share similar symptoms, like abnormal eating patterns.

Medical professionals typically use the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to diagnose anorexia. Patients must display persistent restriction of food intake and an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat to be diagnosed with this condition.

Assessing Your Risk of Anorexia Nervosa

These self-assessments are not substitutes for an official, clinical diagnosis; only a medical professional can diagnose you with a mental health disorder. Discuss the results of assessments with a physician or mental health professional to determine if you need treatment.