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Does anorexia change the shape of your body and make your bones a little thinner?

Does anorexia change the shape of your body and make your bones a little thinner?

Anorexia results: Anorexia can cause many problems because the body is being deprived of the nutrients it needs to function. Anorexia can cause severe malnutrition and every body system is affected. Bone loss, irregular or absent menstrual periods, skin breakdown, nerve damage, loss of brain function, memory problems, weight loss, kidney damage -- the list is endless of the problems that anorexia can cause. ...Read more

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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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Do Anorexic Patients lose Skull Mass and Brain Tissue and bones get Thinner?

Do Anorexic Patients lose Skull Mass and Brain Tissue and bones get Thinner?

They gain: sharper appearing facial features due to loss of subcutaneous fat. Cortical bone may become less dense due to failure to lay down matrix and hydroxy appetite crystals (catabolic state leads to loss of structural proteins). Eventually brain protein is broken down to be converted to glucose ( maintain energy levels that would otherwise be coming from other sources (carbohydrate, glucose, fat etc) ...Read more

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Does your bone get smaller after anorexia?

Does your bone get smaller after anorexia?

Anorexia: Not smaller, but weaker and more brittle, dueto deficient nutrients for bone health. ...Read more

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Anorexia nervosa + loss of bone possible?

Anorexia nervosa + loss of bone possible?

It is likely: Osteoporosis and osteopenia (weak bones) are common side effects of weight loss and lack of periods. Birth control pills do not help. If you are underweight and have no natural periods you are at high risk for bone loss. This goes for underweight males as well, as they lose testosterone. ...Read more

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Can a 17 year old grow to her full potential after suffering anorexia, she is in the tenth percentile and hasn't hit puberty yet , her bone age is 12.?

Can a 17 year old grow to her full potential after suffering anorexia, she is in the tenth percentile and hasn't hit puberty yet , her bone age is 12.?

ANOREXIA: She is small normal being in the 10th percentile with anorexia and delayed bone grouth and delayed puberty. With proper guidance and nutrition she can catch up in grouth and development. ...Read more

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Can a 17 year old grow to her full potential after suffering anorexia, she is in the tenth percentile and hasn't hit puberty yet , her bone age is 10.?

Can a 17 year old grow to her full potential after suffering anorexia, she is in the tenth percentile and hasn't hit puberty yet , her bone age is 10.?

Yes: If bone age is 10, then yes she has lots to grow. The grow plates have not fused yet. Keep her on treatment, use a multidisciplinary team of doctors. Very important. ...Read more

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Does Malnutrition and anorexia shrink or make bones smaller weaker inclunding the skull and ,can sleep deprived also have impact on bones?

Does Malnutrition and anorexia shrink or make bones smaller weaker inclunding the skull and ,can sleep deprived also have impact on bones?

Malnutrition and/or: anorexia doesn't necessarily shrink the bones, but it can cause a loss of bone density, which weakens the bones and makes them susceptible to fractures. Sleep disorders like apnea may also increase the risk of osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How do I get my sister hospitalized for anorexia? She is 5'4" and weighs 80 pounds, nothing but skin and bones. She has no regular doctor, only visits clinics for depression and to get pain medication. She is 54 and on ssr and medicaid.

How do I get my sister hospitalized for anorexia? She is 5'4" and weighs 80 pounds, nothing but skin and bones.  She has no regular doctor, only visits clinics for depression and to get pain medication.  She is 54 and on ssr and medicaid.

I : I am a pediatric eating disorder specialist and although we only treat patients to age 21 or so at the kartini clinic in portland oregon, we do sometimes have to deal with the patient who cannot/will not accept help despite life-threatening complications. Your family will need to hire a lawyer in your state who is familiar with medical guardianship procedures which would allow you to have treatment mandated. Then a family member will need to assume responsibility for your seriously ill sister. No doctor will be able to assume this responsibility, it will be entirely up to the family. The brain condition that is part of anorexia nervosa which prevents your sister from seeing how ill she is, is called anosognosia. Please google this and you will see that this can be a feature of many brain disorders, including some strokes. Anosognosia is what makes the management of people with anorexia so challenging. But there is hope. There is also a forum for family members on the web you may wish to consult called "around the dinner table" at http://www.Aroundthedinnertable.Org/ they may prove a life-saving resource for your family and, ultimately, your sister. ...Read more

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Do you have to be bone thin, to be considered anorexic?

Do you have to be bone thin, to be considered  anorexic?

No: An individual with anorexia nervosa still sees themself as either too heavy or at an acceptable body weight/shape despite being 15% or more underweight; they fear weight gain. If female and past menarche they must have missed three consecutive menses. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more