Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image, and severe restrictions in food intake. People with anorexia nervosa often have a significantly low body weight and may engage in extreme dieting, excessive exercise, and other behaviors to maintain their weight or lose even more.

Anorexia Nervosa

Individuals with anorexia nervosa have a relentless pursuit of thinness, even when they are already underweight. They may have a distorted perception of their body size and shape, seeing themselves as overweight or larger than they actually are. This distorted body image contributes to their ongoing efforts to restrict their food intake and achieve an unrealistic body weight.

The physical consequences of anorexia nervosa can be severe and life-threatening. They may include malnutrition, electrolyte imbalances, low blood pressure, weakened bones, muscle loss, hormonal disturbances, and organ damage. In severe cases, anorexia nervosa can lead to cardiac problems and even death.

Anorexia nervosa is a complex disorder that can be caused by a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors. It often coexists with other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Anorexia Nervosa: What You Need to Know

Brighten Bay’s Residential treatment for anorexia nervosa usually involves a combination of medical, nutritional, and psychological interventions. Our medical professionals monitor and address any physical complications, while nutritional counseling helps individuals regain a healthy relationship with food. Psychotherapy, including individual therapy and family therapy, is crucial for addressing the underlying psychological factors contributing to the disorder.


Recovery from anorexia nervosa is possible with early intervention and comprehensive treatment. Long-term recovery involves addressing the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of the disorder and developing a healthier relationship with food and body image.

Talk to Us About Eating Disorder Treatment

At Brighten Bay, we have the experience, expertise, and understanding to treat individuals with EDs and any other co-occurring conditions. Our research-backed program is focused on giving individuals ownership of their recovery as we equip them to thrive, both now and in the future. We also provide resources for families to heal and support their loved ones on the journey to healing. If you or a loved one are suffering from binge eating disorder, get in touch with us today to learn more about how to get started.