person on a scale with waist measuring tape at their feet may have anorexia nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa: Harmful and Deadly Addictive Behavior

Eating disorders are classified as addictive behaviors that are linked to underlying mental health conditions. Anorexia nervosa is a severe psychiatric disorder characterized by unrelenting self-starvation and life-threatening weight loss. According to the American Psychiatric Association, (2000), the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa include a failure to maintain minimal body weight, fear of gaining weight…