W. Stewart Agras MD FRCPC


Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa (say “an-uh-RECK-see-uh nur-VOH-suh”) is an eating disorder that causes a person to eat very little because of an intense fear of gaining weight. People who have it severely restrict their food intake and can become dangerously thin. If it goes on for a long time, it can cause serious health problems or…

Healthy Attitudes Toward Food and Exercise

There are many ways that adults can help children and teens develop a healthy approach to food and exercise. Avoid punishing or rewarding your children with food. Be a good role model for healthy eating and exercising. Be a good role model by having a positive view of yourself, regardless of your body shape and size…

Night Eating Syndrome

What is night eating syndrome? Night eating syndrome is a condition in which people eat large amounts of food after the evening meal, often waking up during the night to eat. People with this condition may delay their first meal of the day for many hours. Experts still do not know very much about night eating syndrome…

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are conditions that cause a person to have unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to food and body image. Some people with eating disorders severely restrict their food intake (anorexia nervosa), while others eat excessively (binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating). They may also…

Anorexia Nervosa

What is anorexia nervosa? Anorexia nervosa (say “an-uh-RECK-see-uh nur-VOH-suh”) is a type of eating disorder. People who have anorexia have an intense fear of gaining weight. They severely limit the amount of food they eat and can become dangerously thin. Anorexia affects both the body and the mind. It may start as…