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How does Anorexia/Bulimia affect your body?

How does Anorexia/Bulimia affect your 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

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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to ...Read more


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Can you tell me how come our body doesn't fight of anorexia?

Can you tell me how come our body doesn't fight of anorexia?

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

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What happens to your body when you have anorexia?

What happens to your body when you have anorexia?

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 more

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What happens to your body with long-term anorexia?

What happens to your body with long-term anorexia?

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 more

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What happens to the body of someone with anorexia?

What happens to the body of someone with anorexia?

Withers away: Due to severe calorie restriction the body uses its own body stores for energy. Over time you become thin and malnourished. A famous singer Karen Carpenter died from Anorexia. Help is available- get to see a doctor soon. It is something you can't help yourself out of. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What are consequences of anorexia on man's body (development). I had anorexia when i was about 11 years.

Maybe if severe...: ...Might see reduced final height, delay of puberty and some bone density issues, but w/return to "normal" diet, should improve health & not have much in way of long-term issues other than shorter than might have been. ...Read more

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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 )

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

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Why isn't extreme body building considered a mental disorder but anorexia and others is?

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 more

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How to understand anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder?

How to understand anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder?

Anorexia, BDD 411: Check out website of assn of anorexia nervosa ; related disorders (neda) 4 educat'l info re eating disorders ; anorexia nervosa: (http://bit.Ly/16crmyh). Signs of an eating disorder include: poor body image; probs enjoying food; eating/exercise habits; trouble expressing emotions; moodiness; self-harming behavs. See this pg 4 overview of body dysmorphic disorder: http://bit.Ly/1jb0rui. ...Read more

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What is the difference between anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder?

They are connected: Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves eating very few calories and often involves excessive exercise. Body dysmorphic disorder is when a person sees a small defect in themselves and magnifies it tremendously. A person who sees a small belly bulge and perceives themselves as obese would have body dysmorphic disorder, and might be prone to anorexia nervosa. ...Read more

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Are there some people who just have anorexia on its own, others that have just body dysmorphic disorder, and others who have both?

Are there some people who just have anorexia on its own, others that have just body dysmorphic disorder, and others who have both?

It is a matter of: degree. People with anorexia have distorted body images. Often they are very thin and see themselves as fat. With body dysmorphic syndrome their self image is even more distorted and difficult to change. ...Read more

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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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5'3 105 pound 14 yo female 32A cup...will she get her breasts larger after anorexia? She's in recovery. Her body fat percentage is high.

5'3 105 pound 14 yo female 32A cup...will she get her breasts larger after anorexia? She's in recovery. Her body fat percentage is high.

Breast size: For the most part, breast size is determined by genetics. However, as breasts predominantly consist of fatty tissue, overall weight gain can increase breast size. Similarly, weight loss can casue a reduction in breast mass. ...Read more

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I've suffered from anorexia for 22 years. I've yoyoed,too however, I've been at a low but stable bmi but my upper body is still skeletal. ?

I've suffered from anorexia for 22 years.  I've yoyoed,too however, I've been at a low but stable bmi but my upper body is still skeletal.  ?

Not enough info: We don't know what your current BMI is. Every time you start losing weight - you are likely losing a lot of muscle. Minimal muscle can give a skeletal appearance. ...Read more

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Why when suffering from Anorexia u can't see that from looking at a mirror how underweight u are and why body image Is distorted. How can I see this ?

Why when suffering from Anorexia u can't see that from looking at a mirror how underweight u are and why body image Is distorted. How can I see this ?

Because we see with: our mind, not our eyes & mind integrates lots of issues, not only photon patterns on the retinas; the meaning of "no one is so blind as he who will not see" How improve? Focus on the multiple individual & internalize historical issues driving perception, i.e. all internal issues interpreted as evidence of lack of self worth, not worthy of self love, not good enough, not performing well enough. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a lot water retention all over your body during anorexia recovery?

WaterWaterEverywhere: I wouldn't call it"normal,"but an uncomfortable part of the rehabilitative process and usually goes away as your recovery progresses(say, a month or two).If it gets real bad (that's rare) your doctor can deal with it with medication, but if you have any shortness of breath or chest pain tell your doctor.The exact cause is not definitely known.There's theories.But don't worry too much. Persevere! ...Read more