F50.08: Other and unspecified anorexia nervosa

You have an eating disorder called anorexia nervosa.

You are anorexic. One’s physical feeling is altered when one has anorexia. One pays great attention to how many calories the food has. With anorexia, the amount of food eaten is often well below the healthy daily calorific intake. It also involves avoiding food or vomiting it back up. Weight can also be reduced by excessive physical activity or using drugs such as appetite suppressants or laxatives. Anorexia leads to extreme weight loss.

With anorexia, one may have other physical symptoms too. For example, the body’s messenger system may be changed. This can stop women from having menstrual periods. Men can become impotent. The person’s hair may also fall out and their pulse may slow down. When children or adolescents are anorexic, growth disorders may occur.

The Body Mass Index helps to identify anorexia. The Body Mass Index can be calculated by dividing the body weight by the square of the person’s height in meters. If the Body Mass Index is below a certain value, it may indicate anorexia.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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