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What is anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder characterized by minimal intake of food, irrational fear of putting on weight and having distorted idea of being fat even if the person is underweight. Although any person from any age group, social or socioeconomic background may suffer from anorexia nervosa, the condition is more common in adolescent females.

Inadequate food intake leads to malnutrition and lack of energy, dizziness, weakness, irregular menstruation and other organic symptoms. Treatment options include restoration of normal body weight by a healthy diet, adequate counseling and medication to treat any associated psychiatric problem, if present.


What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a term used to describe injuries to the neck following sudden distortion of the neck that is mainly seen with motor vehicle accidents. The medical term ‘cervical acceleration-deceleration’ is used to refer to the mechanism by which whiplash injury is sustained and the term whiplash is used to describe the symptoms of the injury and the complications.