Denial -- the inability to recognize one's illness -- is one of
the most powerful defense mechanisms an eating disorder employs to maintain
itself. See Anosognia and Egosyntonic. Denial may include: resisting treatment,
not acknowledging the illness, refusal or inability to recognize health risks
or consequences of the illness and minimization of symptoms; denial further complicates
accurate assessment and treatment of disordered eating. Source.
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