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How Does Anorexia Affect The Body
Destroys the body: Because bulimia/anorexia becomes a nutritional "nightmare" the body suffers from self destruction. The extra stomach acid eats away at the esophagus, teeth and mouth lining(buccal mucosa). The body starts to use vital muscles for energy after the fat and glucose have been dissipated. Emaciation occurs with electrolyte abnormalities which can result in cardiac arrest and death. ...Read more
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
Mind over matter: In humans, and to some extent in other mammals) our brains often tell us to do things that our body knows are bad. One of the problems with evolution! (An amoeba doesn't eat food when it is not hungry or it is not useful for fuel). Learned behaviors, desires and wishes can overcome "instinct." Be sure that anorexia does not have a physical cause, before deciding it's purely psychiatric. ...Read more
Long List Bad Things: Include: malnutrition, heart damage, other organ damage, infertility, hair loss, tooth loss, body hair, bone loss, etc. See anad- natl assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders: http://bit.Ly/14wd5ib. One stat: about 24 million people in us suffer from an ed. One ed, anorexia nervosa = the most fatal mental disorder: about 10% w/anorexia die from suicide/starvation/metabolic failure/other. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dangerous Changes: Due the effects of self-imposed starvation, over time anorexia nervosa causes damage all major organ systems. The intestines, heart and kidneys can lose weight affecting function. As the heart loses size blood pressure lowers and heart rate slows causing permanent damage even fatal arrhythmias. Long term dehydration can lead to kidneys failure. Anorexia has the highest mortality rates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long will it take for my body to repair itself after 4years of anorexia? ( been in recovery for over a year and being discharged in a month )
Variable: First of all, congratulations on your recovery.After a year, your health undoubtedly has improved substantially&should continue to improve.W/o knowing the complications & severity,it is difficult to answer.Electrolyte imbalances would be normal, hormonal imbalances & muscle wasting likely much improved,osteoporosis on its way to normal, bone marrow improved.Tough to predict neurologic improvement. ...Read more
Anorexia and muscle: Excellent question and observation! the reality is that both conditions share the following, body image disturbance, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, physiological disruption (anorexia leading to cardiac problem etc) (body building use of steroids etc). The problem is that anorexia is more life threatening requiring medical attention. If body building is an illness what would happen to its industry. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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