Behavior: The Self-Starvers

At 17, Susan looked alarmingly emaciated, with sunken eyes and fragile, sticklike arms and legs. Though she was 5 ft. 5 in. tall, she weighed only 70 lbs. and scorned all but the tiniest morsels of food. Amazingly, Susan believed herself to be too fat and maintained a frenzied level of physical exercise to help keep any weight off her scrawny frame.

Susan was a victim of anorexia nervosa, "the starvation disease" or "Twiggy syndrome," a rare and bizarre emotional disorder that has been occurring more frequently in the past few years. Of those...

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