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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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Anorexia (Definition)

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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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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 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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What is the difference between anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder?

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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