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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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Would you consider anorexia that's 5'3" and 77.5 lbs severe? I know most severe ones are between BMI 9-12 I'm not I'm at 13

Would you consider anorexia that's 5'3" and 77.5 lbs severe? I know most severe ones are between BMI 9-12 I'm not I'm at 13

BMI of 13 dangerous: Whatever label one might put on it, a BMI of 13 is dangerous. Anorexia nervosa is very serious. Young women die from it all the time. Please get help with this life-threatening condition. There's nothing more tragic than an otherwise healthy young woman literally starving herself to death because of deranged body image. Please do not minimize or rationalize this. Get help. Your life is at stake. ...Read more

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Female 22years old Not physically active Eats 1500kJ per day BMI 18.1 Is this BMI too low ? What is considered anorexia BMI?

Female
22years old
Not physically active
Eats 1500kJ per day
BMI 18.1

Is this BMI too low ?
What is considered anorexia BMI?

No: As long you are in good health, performing your daily activities, not obsessed with your weight, it is okay. You will gain weight, as you age, do not get too worked up if your BMI goes up to 20 or so. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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If eating at night makes you fat, can I recover more quickly from anorexia if I eat most of my calories at night? Current BMI at 18.5

If eating at night makes you fat, can I recover more quickly from anorexia if I eat most of my calories at night? Current BMI at 18.5

No: eating late at night does not make you fat- eating more calories than you need in a day, will help gain weight. When recovering from anorexia, you do not want to gain weight too fast either. Seek out the advice of a nutritional consultant with expertise in food eating conditions as yours. ...Read more

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I am gaining weight after anorexia for the past month (BMI reaching 17 after being at 15). Any chance I could build up muscle? If so, how can I do it?

I am gaining weight after anorexia for the past month (BMI reaching 17 after being at 15). Any chance I could build up muscle? If so, how can I do it?

Requires using them: Muscle cells respond to both intensity & frequency of use. Without use the atrophy away, as in polio victims. Polio virus damage nerves, not muscles. But if muscles get no nerve orders, they rarely contract & waste away. Thus focus on all opportunities to use muscles to do actions which require/challenge your strength, hopefully without overdoing & creating damage. Athletes say: No Pain, No Gain. ...Read more

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Relapsed w/ purging anorexia 6/21&22. See psychiatrist in 3 weeks & should tell him; but i don't want to stop. What will happen if i tell him? Bmi = 24.

Relapsed w/ purging anorexia 6/21&22. See psychiatrist in 3 weeks & should tell him; but i don't want to stop. What will happen if i tell him? Bmi = 24.

Anorexia: I think you would feel better if you saw a mental health professional weekly for psychoterapy in addition to psychiatrist. It is common to not want to stop but think of this compulsion as an addiction that will compromise your life drastically if you continue. A clinical psychologist experienced in treating eating disorders could help you greatly. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the symptoms for anorexia my BMI is 12.8?

Please explain what are the symptoms for anorexia my BMI is 12.8?

Please get help.: Symptoms of Anorexia may include low body weight, fear of gaining weight, over- exercising, use of laxatives, diuretics, diet pills or supplements to manage weight, feeling fat, marked weight loss, skipping meals, fatigue, low blood pressure, cold intolerance, preoccupation with one’s weight, body fat or food, lack of menstrual period. Etc. ...Read more

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Weight restored (bmi 18.7 for around 2 months already) after anorexia but no sign of menses. How can I make it return more quickly?

Birth control: Anorexia can cause a lack of periods by triggering a post menopausal state. Of course correcting the anorexia is key. Birth control pills can be used to normalize the hormone deficiency and regulate the cycles ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more


Bmi (Definition)

Bmi or body mass index is how we define if a person is under or overweight. It is calculated my taking your height in meters and dividing it by your weight in kilograms squared. Or using a bmi calculator. A normal weight is a bmi between 18-25. Obese is a ...Read more