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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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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


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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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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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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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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 they atrophy away as in polio victims (Polio virus damages 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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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?

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

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@ a normal weight (bmi 18.5) now after recovering from anorexia (bmi 15.9) but my period isn't cmg bck? Any suggestions on diet? Eg. soybeans?

@ a normal weight (bmi 18.5) now after recovering from anorexia (bmi 15.9) but my period isn't cmg bck? Any suggestions on diet? Eg. soybeans?

Best go LCHF, study:: Http://goo. Gl/9Zz6GD, http://goo. Gl/ynq0BZ, http://goo. Gl/ubDC9h, http://goo. Gl/RPGWXs, http://goo. Gl/LG8tKl, http://goo. Gl/cypKOp, http://goo. Gl/DKvdSI, http://goo. Gl/mpd4Y6, http://NuSI. Org, http://goo. Gl/Z8g5US, http://goo. Gl/JH8XBX, http://goo. Gl/XIpLFY, http://goo. Gl/XjgiP6 & my answers on HealthTap for much better understanding & ideas. Doubt soybeans of any help. ...Read more

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When I suffered from anorexia bmi of 12 I got a very dangerous arithmia that jumps your heart rate from low to high. What is it called?

When I suffered from anorexia bmi of 12 I got a very dangerous arithmia that jumps your heart rate from low to high. What is it called?

Tachycardia: Increased heart rate with regular heart beats is tachycardia, in some cases the beats are irregular and or abnormal and that is classified as an arrhythmia. Increased rate is called tachyarrthymia. Hope this helps what you are looking for. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to eat the fish, chicken and pork fats and skin? Attempting LCHF to restore period after anorexia now... (bmi 18.5)

Is it healthy to eat the fish, chicken and pork fats and skin? Attempting LCHF to restore period after anorexia now... (bmi 18.5)

Not LCHF: Trusted experts would advise against this diet and recommend frequent (5-6) meals daily, nutrient rich foods: whole grains bread/cereal/pasta; dairy; lean protein; nuts, healthy smoothies/shakes; snacking on nuts, cheese, peanut butter; adding cheese or milk to soups/stews; occasional pie with ice cream! ...Read more

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I'm recovering from anorexia for 2 years and I keep binge eating and feel so hungry even though I'm over bmi and ive become overweight how to loose Wei?

I'm recovering from anorexia for 2 years and I keep binge eating and feel so hungry even though I'm over bmi and ive become overweight how to loose Wei?

Don't know but...: Vyvanase (for ADD & ADHD) has a new indication --for binge eating--too new I have no experience but you might want to check it out ...Read more

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What to do for fatty liver with no cause (bmi 20, exercising regularly, eating a low fat diet and no alcohol, history of anorexia/bulimia?)

What to do for fatty liver with no cause (bmi 20, exercising regularly, eating a low fat diet and no alcohol, history of anorexia/bulimia?)

Genetics.: Hi, Thank you for your question.

This might just be due to genetics. You should still continuing living healthy. Very impressive.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions.
Dr. M ...Read more

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Female, 30, waist-height ratio 37.6%, BMI 17.47. Internet says "anorexia" levels. Taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for ADHD but afraid of appetite loss. If these numbers do not get lower, still importanttogain weight?

Female, 30, waist-height ratio 37.6%, BMI 17.47. Internet says "anorexia" levels. Taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for ADHD but afraid of appetite loss. If these numbers do not get lower, still importanttogain weight?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) could: Cause weight loss. It will be important to add in Remeron (mirtazapine) if your appetite drops so as not to drop your bmi any lower. Bmi less than 16 is severe and could result in hospitalization. Best wishes for a happy holiday season. ...Read more

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Is it bad to go on a low sugar diet for Anorexic recovery? My current BMI is 17.7 which is an increase from 15 point something.

Is it bad to go on a low sugar diet for Anorexic recovery? My current BMI is 17.7 which is an increase from 15 point something.

Well rounded is best: A high sugar diet, is really not the best choice, for anyone. While some sugar in your, diet is ok, this should be in the context of a well rounded and nutritionally balanced diet. Work with a nutritionist to figure out how to best do this. ...Read more

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Could somebody be anorexic but have a normal bmi?

Could somebody be anorexic but have a normal bmi?

It's a mindset: While the majority of people with anorexia will be underweight, some to dangerous degrees, anorexia is more about the mindset that one's actual body weight. The mindset results in the underweight state, or the perception of an underweight state, or the need to have more control over your weight. So yes, you could think anorexic without actually being physically underweight. ...Read more

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I have a BMI of 16.0 and I think it's alright but apparently anything under 17 is considered anorexic. How can I get that extra 1 bmi?

I have a BMI of 16.0 and I think it's alright but apparently anything under 17 is considered anorexic. How can I get that extra 1 bmi?

Says who?: You're anorexic if you have inappropriate thoughts and behaviors about food. The bmi was not developed for individuals and shouldn't replace common sense. John cena is not "obese" and many elite runners are "underweight". Almost all men and most women want some muscle for which you can do resistance training, but the key here is staying fit ; your weight will take care of itself. ...Read more

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I am 24 and my BMI is 16.3. What should I do? When I was younger I was very chubby and not skinny. My friends think I am anorexic. Any advice for me?

I am 24 and my BMI is 16.3. What should I do? When I was younger I was very chubby and not skinny. My friends think I am anorexic. Any advice for me?

See Dr., then eat...: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. Can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, . .. Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, . ... ...Read more

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At what BMI will my periods return after being anorexic?

At what BMI will my periods return after being anorexic?

It's variable: But generally requires a body weight at least 104# or above. The longer you've had the problem, the longer it will take to resolve. Plus, if you're 48 years old, you may have already entered menopause and periods may never return to "normal". Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Is rapid weight gain or slow weight gain better for Anorexic recovery? Current BMI at 17.7. Had BMI of 15 around early March...

Slow and steady: It sounds like you are making good progress. Slow weight gain will not tax your body and is more likely, to become a healthy way, of, eating. Rapid weight gain is more likely to overly tax your, body, which can be dangerous. Manage your exercise as well. Keep it moderate if you have been exercising. It is important to be followed by your doc, a nutritionist, and, therapist during, this process. ...Read more

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16y/old girl BMI of 21.1 - I'm trying to lose weight but I'm not anorexic. Is 1000-1200 calories a day not including exercise bad for me or good?

16y/old girl BMI of 21.1 - I'm trying to lose weight but I'm not anorexic. Is 1000-1200 calories a day not including exercise bad for me or good?

More info: Definitely need more information about your weight, dietary habits, activity level, height, type of exercise, etc. I will say 1000-1200 cal per day is not very much. ...Read more

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Daughter is 15. Anorexic BMI 13.8. Took her to counseling. Won't talk or listen to anything. Yells I should give up b/c she won't gain weight. Advice?

Daughter is 15. Anorexic BMI 13.8. Took her to counseling. Won't talk or listen to anything. Yells I should give up b/c she won't gain weight. Advice?

Do not give up: Your daughter needs to be hospitalized in a facility that can treat her anorexia. She is in a serious state and will not agree to treatment on her own so hospitalization will have to be involuntary. Do not hesitate to get her into proper care. ...Read more

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104lbs, 18.1 bmi. Usually regular periods, had unprotected sex when 1 day late. Took planb 18 hours later. Now 4 days late, no spottin. Preg? Anorexic?

Too soon to tell: Cycle lengths from 21-35 days are considered normal. If your cycle isn't regular (perhaps due to low bmi), then it's hard to know when your fertile time was, but since you took the plan b, it's unlikely that you conceived. Unfortunately, you won't know the outcome until approximately 2 weeks after the last unprotected sex because that's the earliest that a pregnancy test will be accurate. ...Read more

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At what point in time would an anorexic regain her period? BMI at 18.2. Originally weight at 18.7. Is low carb, high fat and protein diet beneficial?

At what point in time would an anorexic regain her period? BMI at 18.2. Originally weight at 18.7. Is low carb, high fat and protein diet beneficial?

BMI 18: I can't answer your question about periods, but a BMI of 18 is normal (18-25) and a low carb, high fat, protein diet perfectly okay. You should be trying to match your caloric need to your calories consumed. For example, if you're 5 feet, 5 inches (165 cm), at 18, your estimated caloric need is roughly 1600 to 1800 calories a day. Aim for that. ...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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

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