Anorexia nervosa: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers, 2005

Key points about anorexia nervosa

Page last updated: June 2005

  1. Anorexia nervosa is a mental illness associated with significant physical debility.
  2. Anorexia nervosa often presents in young women and may be blamed on dieting. It goes beyond dieting into mental illness characterised by avoidance of weight gain.
  3. The severe weight loss associated with dietary restriction can be life threatening.
  4. If you think that a member of your family, or you yourself, may have this disorder, you can seek advice from your family doctor or local mental health services.
  5. Effective treatment is available. Treatment involves a multidisciplinary approach and there are many aspects to treatment that can take time to have full effect.