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A 38-year-old member asked:

is it possible to still be diagnosed with anorexia even if you're not skinny or underweight?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Anorexia: There are 3 essential features of anorexia nervosa: persistent energy restriction leading to significantly low body weight; intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, or persistent behavior interfering with weight gain; and disturbance in perceived weight or shape. One could be very early in course of illness, but weight must be significantly low to meet all these criteria.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of anorexia on pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Poor fetal growth : If you are suffering from anorexia while pregnant then your baby could have issues with growth and development. Depending on the severity and timing of the anorexia, the baby could have congenital anomalies or growth delay.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How much can anorexia decrease a woman's fertility after she's recovered?

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Dr. Serena Chen
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
It may or may not: Anorexia often stops a women's periods. When you do not have your period, then you are not ovulating. Some women w/ anorexia will start having their periods again once their weight is normal, some will not. All women with a previous history should have a thorough evaluation by a fertility specialist to assess their ovarian function and their thyroid function.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Is anorexia something that is hereditary, can I pass it on to my children?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Maybe: Most cases of anorexia are subsets of anxiety disoder/obsessive compulsive disorder. These are inheritable conditions. But the symptoms may vary and not present as an eating disorder in an offspring, but as another condition. It is not guaranteed that you will have a child with anorexia if you have it yourself.
A 23-year-old member asked:

Can anorexia lead to heart problems?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Definitely yes: Anorexia can cause heart problems, which can be deadly. The heart is a strong muscle, but chronic starvation and malnutrition weakens the muscle. The patient can suffer low blood pressure or die of heart failure (heart is too weak to pump enough blood out). The blood chemicals are out of balance in anorexics and can cause slow heart rates and abnormal heart rates, which if severe, can be fatal.
Dr. Anita Prakash
Cardiology 29 years experience
Electrolyte abnormalities, such as low potassium and magnesium, can lead to arrhythmic deaths because the heart is a sensitive organ and needs the right mileu in which to pump.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

I suffer from anorexia and during past month have been having severe sweats my hair even gets wet, ?

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Dr. Nadu Tuakli
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Get an evaluation: Hi chelly severe sweats can be due to a variety of things such as infection and hormone imbalance. These can be aggravated by poor nutrition so if your anorexia is not controlled it may be related. It could also be age related. The only way to figure out the cause is to get a full evaluation. I suggest you see your doctor promptly.

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