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Anorexia is loss of appetite.

You may be familiar with the eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, in which the victim restricts dietary intake to starvation levels. A related syndrome called bulimia involves binge eating followed by purging.

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Anorexia can be caused by certain chemicals (see below) but a fixation on food and body image as found with anorexia nervosa and bulimia (both are psychological conditions) is beyond the scope of this text. See Books as well as Further Reading below for general resources on these two disorders.

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Anorexia may be a symptom of acute or chronic exposure to certain chemicals, particularly those that affect the central nervous system. Examples include, but are not limited to, various pesticides, heavy metals and lithium compounds. If you have suffered an unexplained loss of appetite in conjunction with other unusual symptoms, you may want to more closely examine the Safety Data Sheets for the chemicals that are used in your workplace, paying particular attention to Section 11 (toxicological information).

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See also: acute toxicity, chronic toxicity, neurotoxin.

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