Saturday, June 4, 2011

Peach fuzz in anorexia nervosa

Commonly affecting more females than males, anorexia nervosa also known simply as anorexia is a serious eating disorder. Sufferers - who tend to be young women - maintain unhealthy low body weights by various strategies such as eating sparingly, exercising vigorously, inducing vomiting and so on. Anorexia nervosa is classified as a form of mental illness.
Manifestations of anorexia nervosa include, for example: because of under nutrition the hair of the back, abdomen and forearms becomes soft and thin resembling lanugo a type of fetal hair - this appearance of hair is likened to peach fuzz.
Strumia R: Skin signs in anorexia nervosa. Dermatoendocrinol. 2009, 1(5):268-70. Go to reference


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