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Anorexia Nervosa

How hair growth changes with anorexia nervosa?

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March 08, 2009 3:03PM

Anorexia deprives the body of a lot of nutrients and fats. Hair (on the head) can lose some of the "shine" it has, which is usually gained from oils and vitamins. It can become brittle, fragile, easily breaking, dull in color, change color, and lank. As the body loses more and more fat, natural instincts try to compensate that by growing a peach-fuzz type of hair on the body. This is called lanugo. It is a last resort instinct of the body to try and keep itself warm.