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 Anorexia Nervosa

Our culture  overrates  thinness, causing the line between beauty and eating disorder to become hard to draw. This is particularly problematic  among those girls and young women that participate in activities that demand extreme thinness  such as modeling, gymnastics, and ballet dancing. 
Anorexia Nervosa typically starts out innocently enough as"normal" dieting, but evolves into scrupulously  strict caloric restriction and  robust  and  extended  physical activity. 
In order to warrant a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, three symptoms must be present at a level of  seriousness that is concerning: a very low body weight, loss of menstrual period, and a  twisted  body image. Of course, each of these occurs on a continuum and you can have elements of all three at a mild level and that does not require a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa. A guideline provided  by the DSM-IV for abnormally low weight is that it be less than 85 percent of what is expected  given the person`s height and age. 
Many women have occasional  irregular or even missed periods, especially during adolescence. Every thin girl or woman with a skipped period does not  inevitably have Anorexia Nervosa. Most often amenorrhea in Anorexia Nervosa goes on for many months or even years and the DSM-IV suggests that at least three consecutive missed periods must  take place  before the diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa is  approved .

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Kaynaz Nasseri
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Kaynaz Nasseri is a psychologist / therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Her practice is located in Newport Beach, but she helps patients that visit her from all of Southern California, including Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles  
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