A member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Alyssa Mandel, LCSW, CEDS, leads The Mandel Center of Arizona. There, Alyssa Mandel treats individuals with eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
Anorexia nervosa affects 1 percent of the US population, or 1 out of every 100 persons. Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an obsession with weight and body image. The majority of persons with anorexia are females between the ages of 10 and 20, but men are also affected. Anorexia can be a fatal disease.
Persons with anorexia may refuse to consume a sufficient calorie intake, may exercise continuously to keep a lower body weight, and may refuse to acknowledge the problem or its serious consequences. Risk factors for anorexia include an obsession with body image and appearance, anxiety disorders in childhood, and the harboring of a negative self-image. Anorexia is not limited to the teen years and can occur at any time during one’s life. Treatment should be pursued if anorexia is suspected.