Talk:Anorexia nervosa

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Statistical Inaccuracy[edit]

"Globally anorexia is estimated to affect two million people as of 2013." That seems very low, but okay... "It is estimated to occur in 0.9% to 4.3% of women and 0.2% to 0.3% of men in Western countries at some point in their life." Those numbers do not add up. Even assuming on the low end that it affects 1% of all people, that's about 70 million people worldwide, not 2 million. I checked the reference for these statements and could not find any mention of anorexia whatsoever. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:204:C103:6036:BC73:88F7:91D0:CDC7 (talk) 23:06, 17 March 2016 (UTC)

Maybe it's because the reference is to "anorexia", not "anorexia nervosa", which would also catch cachexia. I think that the prevalence of diseases like AN are overreported, particularly in certain segments of the population like teenage girls 182.255.99.214 (talk) 03:58, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Nervous Not-Eatinng[edit]

I'll clean this up later (or you can do it yourself):

2601:143:8000:86B0:2677:3FF:FE9A:A124 (talk) 10:23, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Literal meaning of anorexia nervosa - a clarification is needed[edit]

This article says that the term "anorexia nervosa" was first introduced by William Gull, but does not point out that the term literally means "neurotic loss of appetite" and that this is very misleading. Many anorexics do enjoy eating and talk about food obsessively - they have not lost their appetites, they are simply showing a compulsion to fasting (a loss of appetite is not incompatible with an addiction to fasting). Carltonio (talk) 21:03, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

"higher than expected"?[edit]

thanks to folks who have worked in this article, very good article. I came across one sentence that wasn't clear to me as a layperson: "The mortality rate is 6 to 12 times higher than expected". Could someone please make it clearer? In which way "than expected"? EMsmile (talk) 21:12, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

@EMsmile: I've corrected the numbers which in the source are actually 11-12 times higher than expected. It'll be that the mortality rate is 11-12 times higher than the rate of the general population. PriceDL (talk) 21:59, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
thanks but can you also change it to "higher than the rate of the general population"? Otherwise it's still unclear I think. EMsmile (talk) 22:51, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
@EMsmile: — Confirmed it relates to standardized mortality ratio and edited to reflect that. PriceDL (talk) 23:10, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
Great, thanks a lot, now it's clear. EMsmile (talk) 11:06, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

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