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21 September 2016

Anorexia nervosa

Most of us are familiar with anorexia nervosa, a disorder which involves an obsession with losing weight by refusing to eat, but have you heard of something called anorexia athletica? It’s described as the compulsive and excessive use of physical exercise to maintain an abnormally low body weight. Although not formally recognised as a mental health condition, it seems to be quite a common problem. Exercising is good for you, but overdoing it can lead to serious issues, including infertility, poor body development, arthritis and heart and kidney problems.

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