This video reenacts common symptoms and practices of someone suffering from anorexia nervosa. Please note, this video contains only general information for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace physician advice and diagnosis. If you are unsure if you have an eating disorder or have mental health concerns, please consult a health care professional to seek treatment. If you are having an emergency, please call 911.

Additional Resources:

1. Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
2. National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC): 1-866-633-4220
3. Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders:
4. Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) (Southwest Ontario):
5. Hopewell – Eating Disorder Support Centre (Eastern Ontario): 613-241-3428
6. Maudsley Parents:
7. MentalHealth4Kids:
8. CAMH:

This video was made by McMaster students Ghofran Al-Adimi, Alyssa Adamo and Sharon Chernyak in collaboration with the McMaster Demystifying Medicine Program.

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