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A 49-year-old female asked:

If you start to eat normally but don't want to gain weight, can i say that anorexia has been cured. ?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No desire to eat: Anorexia is when a person has no desire to eat (regardless of the cause). Therefore, if she wants to eat and starts eating normally, she does not have anorexia. Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric disorder in which one of the symptoms is anorexia. If she has anorexia nervosa, and starts to "eat normally", but doesn't want to gain weight even though still underweight... then she is still sick.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why can some people eat as much as they want and not gain weight?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Metabolism: Determines how much we burn. Some people have very high metabolism and burn calories fast and others have slow metabolism. What people eat can make a difference. There are ways to improve metabolism. Starvation diets cause the body to go into starvation mode including conserving/increasing fat stores. A well balanced nutrition/exercise/sleep plan improves metabolism and overall health.

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