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Anorexia Nervosa Treatment
Houston Counseling by Nicole Leitner, MA, LPC

What is Anorexia?


Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.


Symptoms of Anorexia


  • Resistance to maintaining body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height.
  • Intense fear of weight gain even though underweight.
  • Disturbance in the experience of body weight or shape, undue influence of weight or shape on                         self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of low body weight.
  • Loss of menstrual periods in girls and women post-puberty.



Signs That Professional Treatment is Needed


  • Dramatic weight loss.
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting.
  • Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food (e.g. no                     carbohydrates, etc.).
  • Frequent comments about feeling overweight despite weight loss.
  • Anxiety about gaining weight.
  • Denial of hunger.
  • Food rituals (e.g. eating foods in certain orders, excessive chewing, rearranging food on a plate).
  • Consistent excuses to avoid mealtimes or situations involving food.
  • Excessive, rigid exercise regimen despite weather, fatigue, illness, or injury.
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities.
  • In general, behaviors and attitudes indicating that weight loss, dieting, and control of food are becoming        primary concerns.




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Nicole Leitner, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Experienced Counselor for
Women's Issues and Eating Disorders

Leitner Counseling
950 Echo Lane, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77024
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