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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE ANOREXIA NERVOSA DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder in which a person is extremely underweight, as determined by their body mass index (BMI), which is the ratio of their weight (expressed in kilograms) divided by the square of their height in meters. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.5 is normal. BMI from 17.5 to 18.4 means that a person is underweight, while a BMI below 17.5 means that a person is anorexic. If the anorexia is part of a behavioral problem involving limited eating, or excessive exercise because you believe incorrectly that you are overweight, this is diagnosed as AN.


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