What is Anorexia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis


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Emma (a 17-year-old girl) mentions that she would like to lose weight and eat healthier. She does some research, and selects a diet and workout program to follow for the next month. Emma is going to take measurements and weigh herself at the beginning and at the end of her program. Which of the following best describes Emma?

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1. When a person has anorexia nervosa, their families should _____.

2. Therapy for anorexia nervosa should focus on _____:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of it. Some things you'll be assessed on include characteristics and treatment of anorexia nervosa.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Important aspects of therapy for anorexia nervosa
  • Characteristics of anorexia nervosa
  • Definition of lanugo

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about anorexia nervosa
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define anorexia nervosa and its characteristics such as lanugo
  • Knowledge application - access the knowledge you've gained regarding treatment of anorexia nervosa

Additional Learning

To learn more about eating disorders, review the accompanying lesson about the characteristics of anorexia nervosa. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the three diagnostic characteristics of anorexia nervosa
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa
  • Explain the treatment approach to managing anorexia nervosa
  • Understand the prognosis for this illness