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The Causes and Effects of Anorexia Nervosa Eating disorders are not new Anorexia Nervosa was first formally diagnosed in 1874 and the symptoms have been observed as far back as 300 years ago Although the condition has been known for centuries it seems to be center stage now during the last decade or so What is behind Anorexia Is it inherited Is Anorexia caused by some type of mental illness or maybe environmental pressures Does culture play a role in whether or not someone suffers from Anorexia These questions are not easily answered as we know if we have had any family members or close friends who have suffered from Anorexia Its not as easily diagnosed as the measles or chickenpox where the doctor knows exactly what the cause is We will discover that there is no one clear-cut cause for Anorexia According to Womens Health Weekly one research study collected blood from 200 families where at least two of the siblings were suffering from Anorexia several of the test results suggest a possible link between Anorexia and a shared susceptibility gene found in many of the siblings We must keep in mind that although this research is promising it is still as of yet incomplete data which in essence makes it a theory This by no means suggests that there is not a biological link but that more research needs to be done There has also been a connection made between Anorexia and mental illness Indeed recent research has discovered a strong link between Anorexia and several psychiatric disturbances such as depression agoraphobia and social phobics to mention a few The most promising connection is that many Anorexics are responding to a wide variety of psychiatric medication Although the numbers are not in yet the fact that many of these people are responding to medication suggests a solid connection between mind and body If we look at just a couple of behaviors many
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