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Eating Disorders

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People who suffer from eating disorders tend to consume either too much or too little food. This category is for inquiries about symptoms and treatments of such diseases.
It's different for every woman. You should experience gradual weight loss in the first three months, if you're breastfeeding your child. Breastfeeding expends 200 to 300 calories of stored fat every day! It keeps your metabolism and your weight down. In addition, a combination of a nutritious diet a…
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The stomach is a muscle and if one chooses to constantly purge their food after eating the stomach will eventually keep getting signals to purge everything the person eats whether they want to or not. Eventually the stomach will no longer be able to hold food in and other organs will be involved. Th…
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If you are only going to have one meal a day it should be a huge fresh fruit salad. Example: cut up one medium banana, one medium apple, one medium orange, one small box of raisins. This should fill you up (not for long) but you will get alot of great nutrients and your body will thank you. I sugges…
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An abnormal craving to eat substances which are not normally consumed by humans is called Pica. Chalk is not harmful in the sense that it can poison you. Because of it's consistency, however residue is easily ingested into the lungs and could possibly cause pulmonary distress. A person who finds the…
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Before you consider yourself anorexic please get your thyroid checked out by your doctor. Anorexics see themselves as always over-weight. They will have an aversion to food to the point where eating becomes a great problem and they simply grow thinner until they pass away. If you have any of these…
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Girls Becoming Anorexic I was diagnosed by a specialist with anorexia, 26 yrs. old, so really any age after puberty, i notice in todays generation that a lot of young girls are 'want to be 's, i have no clue why someone would want to be anorexic, you lose your hair, mestration, and its a really lone…
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You would need to know about three subjects: (1) eating disorders (2) nutrition and health (3) managing a health care business For 1, study psychology, for 2, health and nutrition, for 3, business, probably with a focus on not-for-profits or healthcare. University education is less about vocational…
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Wow. Yes, possibly. But no one online can tell you that for sure. You need to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist to discuss your concerns and a schedule a full exam. Alternate Answer Yes, unfortunately. The absence of crucial hormones can stunt your growth if you're a teen and cause da…
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Answer I am bulimic and if you throw up the food on the first day of the diet purposely, you should be careful because this may be the first step to becoming bulimic. If you keep overeating and then feeling that you should throw up the food it will become a habit. Answer Misery loves company …
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well most definitely you should go to see your doctor, just in case you may be pregnant.
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Answer It depends how long they have been anorexic. If a normal person decides not to eat all of a sudden, they may lose 20 lbs in a month. If one has been anorexic for a while, their body is in starvation mode and is conserving as many calories as possible, so they are losing weight at a slower …
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Community Answer 1 To even be considered anorexic, one must have a BMI of less than 18. Once your BMI is that low, it it hard to drop weight as quickly as someone at a normal or overweight BMI. There are many other types of EDs, though, which can make you both loose or gain weight very quickly. …
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Answer Anorexia is in the head. Most girls with eating disorders have one because of something triggering in their life to lead to it. Those who try to be anorexic are called wannarexics. They are probably looking for attention. You do not have to be diagnosed by a doctor. Some people hide it w…
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Yes, people with anorexia eat, but they limit calories, and as a recovering anorexic, I use to only eat once a day, one food item and then fast for 24 hours before I'd eat again. Anorexics are very much in their head and plan and devise things before; counting calories and deficiencies. Too many peo…
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NO, though one meal a day is definitely not enough, and throwing up after eating is not good. This COULD develop into a) anorexia or b) bulimia. You need to get help now, before it gets really bad and you will not be able to stop as easily.   The eating disorder you have is called bulimia and…
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Answer First off you have to decide if your friend deserves to get fired. If they do, then stay out of it. Usually employers will give warnings before firing, so if your friend didn't heed these warnings then they are at fault. There are some employers who are plain poops and would fire you if th…
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Starving yourself is not a healthy way to lose weight. Your body needs fuel to function properly. A sensible diet combined with a reasonable exercise program is the healthiest and most effective way to lose weight. Sugar MUST be present in the blood stream (glucose) to effectively burn fat. Starving…
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"Anorexics don't eat anything." not exactly! it is a myth that anorexics dont eat anything. of course they do eat, just not enough. (or go through periods of time without eating) if they "overeat"(and when i say overeat its of course a normal amount-or even sometimes less than normal-for the ones w…
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Its easy to think and see that your fat, but its hard to just stop eating completely. I'm a fellow anorexic and if you really want to loose weight bad enough then you will learn to control your hunger. Its NOT EASY. But worth it I think. I personally think you should not turn to anorexia but...when …
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Eating sand can greatly erode tooth enamel, causing decay, cavities, sensitivity, discoloration, and pain. This is because of the abrasiveness of the sand.
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Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder, developing in 30,000 people every year in the United Kingdom.
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ANSWER:Unfortunately, the people who discussed this issue below are incorrect. You can NOT have both simultaneously. I had to log in and change this response, because someone actually sent this link to me. By definition in the DSM-IV-TR and ICD-10, which health professionals worldwide use to diagnos…
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People develop Anorexia Nervosa (AN) for many different reasons. Usually it is from a variety of causes, not just one in particular. Most full blown mental illnesses develop over the course of months and sometimes years, and this is probably the case with AN. It may start out with a preoccupation wi…
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There are many different contributing factors that play into whether or not someone has an eating disorder. There are a variety of symptoms to each eating disorder, depending on which eating disorder you are talking about, the symptoms will change. Also usually when someone is unable to admit to the…
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Many things can happen. You won't have much energy to burn if you are not eating, because food provides proteins and minerals that form an energy source for the body. Without this fuel you will feel sluggish. You can become very sick, due to dehydration and vitamin deficiencies.One of the worst thin…
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I am not going to tell you how to induce vomiting because you're thinking of becoming Bullimic. But I will tell you this, once you force yourself to vomit the acid that is released during the vomiting caused a lot of damage. The acid as it gets stronger and stronger (the more often you make yourself…
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Answer There are quite a few signs...Rapid weight loss, irritability, low self esteem. Most anorexics or bulimics are also diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, so this person may also be very "anal" about their living environment. They NEVER eat in front of anyone, usually they will beco…
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Not Overweight and Starving Self Not the Answer 58 kg, or just over 127 US lbs., isn't necessarily obese or weighing too much, especially if you're tall, "big boned," muscular, or are still growing. The teen years is not a good time to worry about being a few pounds overweight, and it's most cert…
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Find a new MD and therapist.Don't u have insight into ur eating disorder?? OBV ur not over it. Ur still young and have the chance to get over it for good and move on with ur life. Carry on any longer and u might be concerned with ur weight for the rest of your life
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Answer Anorexia is a form of emotional disorder that involves inability to accurately perceive body shape and condition. Anorexics literally do not see themselves accurately when they look in a mirror. Obviously there is a great deal of denial of reality involved. Thus, some sufferers set up …
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Anorexia nervosa is a severe and dangerous eating disorder. It is a form (some say symptom) of a deeper mental illness. You can't just decide to be sick. Here is more input and advice: You can't "become" anorexic -- its something that happens. its the difference between a diet an a obsession. its …
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VomitingIt depends on the amount of food that they ate and how many times (or how) they try to vomit it up.They will throw up until there's nothing left to throw up. Added: The initial answer wasn't wrong but it can vary, some bulimics will throw up until they are satisfied with the amount they thr…
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Starving Herself First of all, STOP starving yourself. You are actually doing more harm to your body that way than by eating fast food every day for a month. When you starve yourself, you send your body a signal: you are telling it that from now on, food may be scarce so it had better store up every…
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I used to be anorexic and starved myself until I was thin. But what they say is true, the minute you start eating normally the weight begins to go on. I;m sorry but that's the way it is, if you are careful, and slowly increase your food intake and exercise enough you may be able to minimise weight g…
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Answer Although it seems counter-intuitive, eating only one meal per day will probably not help you lose weight, at least not for very long. The human body adapts, if you cut back on your intake by eating only one meal per day the body will go into "starvation mode", that's why so many dieters get…
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Answer It takes longer to lose weight if you weight uder 130lbs. you would probably have to starve yourself for more than a week to lose 15lbs. I found out myself and you won't feel healthy. You will still lose weight if you eat low calorie foods you can look them up on google.
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Answer The majority of persons learn life skills good or bad in the environment in which they were raised. On the other hand what appears to be an unfit or unsuitable home to some is actually their comparison of methods of housekeeping, meal preparation, child rearing and so forth to their own pe…
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In three days, no. You have to be doing it awhile to be anorexic, at least a few months. Not that I'm saying you should, don't. It sucks."I'd say if you were not eating for the sake of losing weight you might be on your WAY to having one." As the person at the bottom said.No doubt there is SOMETHING…
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Answer As a recovering anorexic, and i mean a REAL one, one that is 26 yrs old, and weighed 80 lbs at 5'4,who has been in & out of hospitals & had a heart attack, I can honestly say, i never ate carrots, hated them, still do! I dont know of any anorexic actually who eats a lot of carrots…
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When you throw up nothing but stomach acid and water.  You keep gaggging yourself until you feel your stomach turn over and a really potent acid come up with no food   Why would you make yourself throw up? If you want to be skinny, eat healthy in the first place. Being bulimic is dangero…
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You shouldn't purge, it is very bad for you. Use Google to search the health problems associate with purging and make a better decision about your long term health. I doubt anyone here will help you purge by answering these questions.  why would you do something like this you can kill your sel…
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It would be negligable. But if you're thinking that's a good way to keep from gaining weight, do a little research. Starving the body slows the metabolism because it thinks it's in jeopardy. Weight loss, therefore, slows as well. Eat a healthy diet of mostly whole foods, get good exercise and be pat…
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In theory, you could gain weight from chewing food and spitting it out. The saliva in your mouth begins the digestion process. Several items in food, especially sugars near the surface, can wash off and dissolve in the saliva. If the saliva is swallowed, or if the material remains in your mouth to…
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Anorexia They stop eating altogether or just partly in the hope that it they will become more attractive. Unfortunately it is very bad for you. They tend to find it difficult to stop, their periods stop and they can get very weak and ill.Anorexics see themselves as over-weight, but, it's actually a…
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Not all bulimics throw up. Bulimia is binging & purging. Purging can be throwing up, but it can be also through laxatives, over exercising, or fasting. A bulimic has to be a binge eater, a binge is eating a ton of food in a short amount of time. Such as 3,000 calories in a half hour. The bulimic…
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If you throw up whatever you eat or exercise vigorously right after you eat, you may have a binge eating disorder, or bulimia. The characteristic activity is not just the "purging", or fasting, that follows, but also the excessive eating in the first place. There are psychological conditions that ca…
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In some individuals this is true. If you look at starving children in Africa you will notice their little tummies are quite bloated. When the stomach doesn't get food it begins to bloat with gas. If a person has been starving for quite sometime it will also take awhile for them to introduce food bac…
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If you are eating these things get to your doctor IMMEDIATELY your body is either lacking something or you may have a disorder where you eat things that you aren't supposed to eat I forget the name of this disorder but please get to your doctor before things get bad for you Good Luck and God Bless!!…
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Answer Anorexia is caused on a person thinks they are 'fat'. Most of the time, they aren't. I once knew a girl who put maybe a few kilograms on over the Christmas holidays and her gymnastics teacher told her to lay off the junkfood. I thought that was completely unreasonable, everyone looses we…
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you Should NOT be trying this you are at an average weight Be happy with the person you are! don't be stupid be happy with your self.... Dont worry be happy! Answer You may lose 2 pounds, but then your body will hold onto the rest and anything you eat after you are done starving yourself will g…
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Answer If you ate more before switching to this, you'd probably loose a bit. Then your body would get used to it and adjust to that lifestyle. Which basically means you'd loose weight, then you wouldn't loose more after that. Hey, Just wanted to contribute my own personal experience with this on…
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Will your bad breathe go away I know that throwing up isn't fun but trust me your breathe will go back to normal just drink some water or any kind of beverage and the smell will go away.
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Answer That pretty much defines "Bulimic". She needs help before she destroys her health. Answer no, that doesn't define bulimia nervosa. It seems to be EDNOS, or a purging anorexic. Bulimia is characterised by BINGING and PURGING. eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2…
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Anything that is not "normal" can be considered a disorder. If a condition is outside of the normal range, it can be considered a disorder. Since you're being discrete about the "disorder", it's probably a condition that causes you to be defensive. An objective outsider is far more likely to be a go…
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Once the muscle mass has diminished, the body goes into a "crisis mode" and slows metabolism, burning available calories much more slowly. Healthy and effective weight loss requires exercise and a balanced diet.
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This is not an addiction. This is a pica nutritional disorder. Talc, chalk, baby powder, and ice eating is due to a Magnesium deficiency. It may be caused by diet or genetic reasons. It is easily remedied by regularly taking double or triple doses of a Magnesium and Calcium supplement. swap it for …
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Answer Depending on your current weight, you can lose up to 40 pounds in 3 weeks by going on a water fast. if you believe you can, then yo can. all you have to do is work hard at it, and you will be able to do anything. You need to go on a detox diet for more information read this article htt…
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Most likely, especially if there is no indication of being overweight.   I don't think so, i eat 400 cal. a day and I'm perfectly healthy  Answer: It only makes you anorexic if you eat 500 calories or less a day in order to lose weight. But other signs that would confirm anorexia are 1…
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Answer: The two major definitions of ProAna are based on the two most common populations who embrace the term as an identifying descriptor: 1. Individuals suffering from Anorexia Nervosa (AN) or other restrictive eating disorders (ED's): Commonly, this approach to living with an ED stems from barri…
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Answer CMartin Thanks so much for that added info you added onto the post. Great read! Marcy A human being shouldn't go lower than 1200 calories a day! You are basically starving your body, and actually your body will begin to feed off itself. Ping pong dieting is linked to cance…
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It might not be anorexia, but it may be an EDNOS, a type of eating disorder with less strict guidelines for diagnosis. Whatever the specific diagnosis is, it is definitely an eating disorder and dangerous. Even if you are getting enough micronutrients, you are certainly not getting enough of somet…
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Probably. You need to see a professional.  Probably, it depends on your reason for eating this small amount. if it is bcos u feel horrid after u eat (i mean to the extremes; hours of crying and feeling lyk sh*t) and stuff like that-probably, please get help. or if it is cos there is nuthin els…
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I`ve heard that anorexics don't even notice that they are that thin. Im not sure if that's true or not. But as for another person to notice a weight loss on an anorexic persons body wouldn't take very long.
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In the first week of starving youre actually detoxing your body. A lot of people say that its bad, I'm not a doctor or anywhere near, but actually allowing toxins to leave your body helps with losing weight even after you start eating again. You lose a lot of water-weight first, which is anywhere f…
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Answer Get help. It's not something you want to do alone and it's too dangerous to run the risk of failure. ------------ Answer I agree. it is vital to get help from someone like a medical doctor, therapist, and/or nutritionist. There are also support groups and treatment centers that are ava…
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Many people choose to hide their anorexia through clothing. That would be like not wearing clothes that reveal something like excessively sticking out bones, for example. Some will only eat in front of others, so people think that they eat, when that might be all they eat the entire day. Some make f…
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There are many people around the world that are bulimic but being bulimic isn't healthy at all. You should find some help. Go to a therapist or something. If you really are overweight, a healthy diet and exercise will help you lose weight. Tons of girls feel that they are overweight when they really…
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drink lots and lots of water and you can eat celary it makes you lose calories  Better AnswerStarving yourself is actually counterproductive for losing weight. It is not a lifestyle that you can maintain. If you manage to starve yourself for a few days you will end up regaining all of the weig…
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Answer Don't even think about it! The other health risks from bulimia are terrible. Apart from every organ in your body being affected and risking them shutting down, it is not possible to be bulimic "for only three months"! Be more sensible. Eat a HEALTHY diet. Eat smaller quantities…
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Answer Honey, you are anorexic if you starve yourself, fullstop. Just because you try to tell yourself you eat on the weekend, does not make you normal. I agree with this. Just because you might eat small amounts on the weekends doesn't mean you are actually giving your body what it needs. DRINK…
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Answer If you don't eat for two months straight, you'll die.
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Please seek professional help... or you could always turn to your Father in heaven who loves you and created you for a purpose... Eating disorders are not the answer! You could destroy your teeth, burn your esophagus, cause your heart or stomach to burst, or many other side effects. You could kill …
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Answer It can take several years (depending on how bad the anorexia is.) Usually anorexic people die from organ failure (kidneys, liver, etc.) because they are not sustaining enough in their diet to provide what the body needs. Lack of protein also can cause lack of concentration and other problems …
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If you starve yourself and dehydrate yourself in a sauna it is possible but the moment you eat or drink anything it will go straight back on, and then some.And if you don't drink anything for 3 days, you are going to be very sick, just the opposite of the healthy image you want to portray. Remember,…
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what??? What a scary question. You didn't ask "do they" - which is just as scary as your misunderstanding of anorexia. Anorexics are merely people who starve themselves because they constantly believe they are imperfect or fat - normally due to low self esteem. Anorexics can eat ice cream. They c…
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Are you pregnant? That's one of the questions my doctor had on a list of things people do while pregnant and I thought it was an odd thing to ask, but now that you've said it, maybe some people crave it when they are pregnant. Otherwise, try eating candy coated malt balls, they taste better and will…
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At 17 months, he should have already grown out of it. You should get a second opinion. The acid from his stomach and the frequency of the vomiting could cause burning in the throat and some damage to the sensitive tissues. You should definitely research this, go to WebMD.com to start.Natural remedie…
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My experience has been yes. If you do not eat regularly and only eat say once a day, your body goes into "starvation mode". What this means is your brain will tell your body to store any and everything you eat. it will create fatty tissue to store whatever you eat to use during the day for energy. I…
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I think those that are anorexic are skinnier than the most well-fit athlete. Just because they are skinnier than the most well-fit athlete doesn't necessarily mean they are anorexic. Some people are just naturally skinny. Some ways to tell if someone is anorexic are:They have lost a lot of weight in…
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Answer It sounds like you are doing all the right things. But remember the amount of weight you are aiming to lose per week depends on how overweight you currently are. The closer you are to your ideal weight, the harder the pounds are to lose. A normal diet and exercise regime should see you lo…
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The cause of thyroid disorders lie in the dysfunction of the thyroid gland and related metabolic errors.Anorexia's cause lies in the psyche.People with thyroid problems eat 'normally' end exercise 'normally' and probably don't have issues with body image like anorexic people do.An underactive t…
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Yes. If you have ever seen anyone that truly suffers from anorexia, it is very evident just by their appearance. People who suffer from anorexia are very feeble looking and "sickly"
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Okay, don't be anorexic. Instead only eat vegetables. Seriously, and once a day eat some nuts not a lot. I lost ten pounds in a week. Seriously, but I also danced 30 minutes a day. When you eat vegetables, it's basically like eating nothing, because your body uses more energy digesting them then eat…
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Bad breath is caused by Anaerobic Sulfur Producing Bacteria which normally live within the surface of the tongue and in the throat. These bacteria are supposed to be there, because they assist humans in digestion by breaking down proteins found in specific foods, mucous or phlegm, blood, and in dise…
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Anorexia is less about food than it is about control. Anorexics do not feel that they are in control of their lives - food is one thing they can control, and it gets out of hand. I think that anorexia is all about how people choose to eat. I have experienced anorexia before and it is not a pleasan…
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As anorexics continue to starve themselves they tend to loose muscle mass. Weight loss is the result of burning calories and calories are generally burned by muscle mass. So as one looses muscle mass that person will tend to loose weight less rapidly. Unfortunately, some of the muscle mass is essent…
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Answer You should not be doing that. That is not very healthy for you not to eat for 2 weeks. It is actually very stupid. You need to start exercising, eating more fruit and veggies, and drinking more water. Not eating will cause significant damage to your body.
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You probably won't have much success in losing weight quickly by starving yourself. Your body goes into what is a starvation mode, and holds on to all the nutrients in the fat that you have burning it slowly- so it will take time and probably be painful. As you may have seen in on tv, people in othe…
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If you honestly starve yourself, you can lose even too much weight. This may sound tempting, but you are putting your life at risk. If you want to lose a lot of weight; limit your calories, and find a way to burn those calories and a few more and you will lose weight. Cardio exercise is marvellous …
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Purging is unhealthy because you eat, throw up, then you are all hungry again all over. It seems pretty merry-go-round to me. The acid also ruins your teeth and vocal chords. People can and do die from eating disorders.
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Yes you will mess up your body doing this. If you want to lose weight you must exercise and eat a well balanced dite. Anything else and you will mess up your body.
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Hi,I dont think eating laundry starch will cause you to gain weight, unless it's gaining weight in the bloated sense.Because you're consumming laudry starch, its most likely not a good idea because of the chemicals in the starch and of the reaction these chemicals can cause to your abdomonen and gul…
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YES make a graph of when you eat then take another graph and eat 6 to 8 smaller meals a day compare the 2 a diet consisting of a few meals spaced wide apart causes the body to shut down to preserve fat to keep you from starving you then gain more weight when you eat nornal that's why thin people are…
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The Term For This Is PICA~ Suggest You Discuss This With Your Family Doctor.go to family doooctor! now.
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Gain more health What this individual can do is eat very healthy foods which are low in carbs. Fruits and Vegetables come to mind, but produce "water weight" which this person could be concerned about. A doctor can be consulted to recommend if vitamin defficiancies are involved. If that's the cas…
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of course you can go whitout eating for two weeks, if ou are generaly healthy.
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It is bad for your health not to eat. Eat small but don't hurt your body. when you get older you will regret it. Answer Because most parents notice when their children don't eat their meals, you should not try to hide anything. If you are trying to starve yourself, you should know that it will not h…
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Answer In one week fast, You will lose 10 lbs, your metabolism will slow down to compensate the vanished calorie intake. And you will have to drink 8-10 glasses of water. It would be a good idea to eat a home made gelatin made from apple juice, when u are feeling weakest on 3rd day. You will cont…
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