Anorexia Nervosa

An eating disorder whereby one suffers from a loss of appetite resulting in self-starvation

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How much weight can you lose by not eating for a week?

  • This is an ineffective way to lose weight, because you will not lose much fat, and you will put on fat more quickly when you restart your regular eating habits. If you want to lose fat, stop eating carbohydrate dense, processed foods. If it's in a box, carton or packet it's often bad. Stick to lean proteins, fruits and veggies and exercise often. You simply cannot lose weight and maintain your weight loss in the long run without changing your eating habits altogether.
  • When your body stops getting food it goes into a starvation mode and saves fat. The weight you will lose (not much) will be mostly water and muscle tissue. This is bad because not only will you have to start eating again, but since you now have less muscle, and therefore a slower metabolism than when you began fasting, you will gain even more fat on top of the fat that your body stored while you fasted. The only time your body will start burning noticeable amounts of fat is when it can no longer burn muscle proteins as a fuel source. However, this will only happen you're close to death.
  • Rather than starve yourself, you will do far better to strictly limit or eliminate (apart from the occasional treat) refined (processed) carbohydrates. If you are unsure what refined (processed) carbohydrates are, see the related link for a list. If you couple this will frequent, cardio exercise, you should lose weight.
  • I tried it. I must say I do not have an addictive personality or focus much on my body or looks. I did it in an attempt to try to understand what a friend of mine was going through. I started at 176lbs and the initial weight loss was quick, probably due to emptying my body of the waste over the first couple of days. I drank only water and tea with milk and one sugar. I did my normal work involving moderate exercise and lost 11lbs. Unexpected symptoms nearing the 7th day were: flickering vision and problems focusing my eyes, giddiness, and fatigue. Please note: Half the weight was back on within a couple of days. Losing weight fast is not a viable method for people who need to lose weight, and is definitely very dangerous to people who want to lose only a bit of weight.
  • You may lose a little bit of weight by starving yourself for a week because you body will become so hungry that it will start to eat fat and muscle tissue. You will likely also feel weak, tired, irritable, and sick because you are not consuming necessary calories or vitamins. This will also make your metabolism slow down, which will hinder current and future weight loss plans. After your fasting period, you are likely to gain much of the weight you may have lost back.
  • Actually, if you starve yourself for long enough your metabolism will go into "starvation mode" and slow down. This is why many recovering anorexics gain more weight back than they originally had before the eating disorder.
  • If you're really going to do the drastic, scary weight loss strategy, eat a small amount every day, divided into four or five small snacks. An intake of a small portion of food every few hours throughout the day will speed up your metabolism, and you should still lose weight in a very small amount of time because of the substantial decrease in calories.
  • The real reason why people gain weight after fasting (starving) is because they go straight to heavy foods that requires a lot of chemical reactions to take place at once to break it down and your stomach just isn't used to that after starving it for prolonged periods of time. When you do start to eat its best to start of with small foods like soup and smoothies. Don't eat big meals. You have to let your body get used to eating again and exercise, but not extreme amounts, is recommended to keep the weight off.
  • From personal experience, I would not recommend not eating anything. I went from 235 - 205 in the last month by sticking to the following meal plan: I don't eat breakfast. I eat a small cup of chunk light tuna (3 oz or so) for lunch and drink plenty of water throughout the day. I hit the gym and do plenty of cardio exercise (cardio exercise the key to major weight loss because it burns lots of fat). For dinner I have perhaps a cup of soup, a small piece of chicken, or nothing. No, its not healthy at all, but not eating anything is not very smart and is incredibly difficult to do. I have not felt fatigued, nor have I had any health problems of which I am aware.
  • I would like to add that I drastically cut down on calories for around 2 weeks for my birthday party. I lost a stone (14 pounds) in 2 weeks and I actually still ate, just very little. I started eating again (not quite normally, but around 1500 calories a day) and I haven't gained any of it back at all. I'm really happy with my weight now, and eat three healthy meals a day, just small amounts each meal.
  • If you're going to give up food for a week, try going on the Lemonade Diet; by going on the Lemonade Diet, your body won't be starved and you'll cleans your system. You can lose up to 20 pounds if you stay on the diet for 10 days.
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Can anorexia create nerve damage?


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How many people suffer from anorexia in Spain?

An estimated 150,000 to 175,000.

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Is skipping meals a sign of an eating disorder?

Often but not always, but if it becomes a daily habit it could become an eating disorder.

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What is the name of the scab eating disorder?

There is no such medical name for it that I could find however everyone is calling it Scab Picking Disorder.

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Can anorexia cause strokes?

Yes, it can. Anorexia can cause a lot of issues to your vital organs. An irregular heartbeat is possible, which can lead to a lot of complications, one of which being a stroke.

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Is anorexia a functional or an organic disorder?

It's functional. Something happened in there life to cause them to say, " i don't think i want to eat anymore, I'm not pretty enough, or I don't deseve to eat." You can alson argue that it is organic because if you are born with chemical imbalances, your brain may lose appetite quickly and tell you to stop eating. Overall, it can be organic or functional if you can give a good argument... I don't know how long ago you posted this but I hope it helps. =)

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How long do you have to starve yourself to lose weight?

Do NOT starve yourself; this could be deadly!

Despite the lure of starving (or almost starving) yourself in order to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, this is absolutely not a healthy move in the long run. Such behavior can lead to serious disorders such as Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa, which, although they are referred to as "eating disorders," are, in fact, emotional disorders. For more details on this topic, consult with your doctor or see the Related Link.

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  • If you starve yourself, you will be very unhealthy and weak and probably grumpy. And as soon as you start eating again, you will gain back all of the weight -- and probably more. It's better to eat 5-6 healthy light meals a day. And try to stay away from carbonated beverages and other junk foods. It may take a while for you to lose weight; each person is different. But if you are eating healthily, you will lose weight. You will lose even more weight if you exercise along with eating a healthy diet.
  • Do not starve yourself. When you skip a meal, your body stores more of the next one, and your metabolism also slows down -- even if just a little. If you make a habit out of starving yourself, you will become anorexic. This is a very unhealthy and unsafe way of trying to lose weight. You become hungry because your body needs food to keep it going. If you starve yourself, you will be killing your body (I'm not talking about skipping a meal here or there). It isn't healthy to not eat. There are many diets and exercise plans out there that you should try looking at. Anorexia is a very serious problem. Don't get yourself mixed up with it.
  • I starved myself, lost 30 pounds and gained 35 pounds back. You cannot starve yourself without gaining it all back. I'm sorry to be harsh about it, but it's only because I have gone through so much pain and anger from starving myself.

    I could give you 100 good reasons not to starve yourself. Don't think that it won't happen to you, because it will. I thought that I could go on starving myself forever and never gain a pound. I rolled my eyes when anyone tried to warn me or anyone else. In the end, I got help and I'm much happier.

    Please don't starve yourselves. I came so close to almost killing myself because of everything that I went through -- the dieting and then the binging. You will deprive yourself too much and your body will go crazy and eat everything in your house. Please try to hang in there. I know it's hard, but please just try to get help.

  • I think that starving yourself does help. But: you want to lose weight and look good, right? Well, how good will you feel when you are so hungry that the pain in your stomach is almost unbearable. In addition, your family feels helpless because they love you and do not want to see you throw your life away.

    Try the healthy method and eat lots of fruit, drink heaps of water, and stay away from the chocolate. Also, partying on the weekends does not help if you require the usual hangover cure of Macca's the next day. Try eating a Caesar salad; i did that, and it felt great. Just please don't starve. You are beautiful and anyone who doesn't see this has the problem -- not you!

  • I agree with the previous answer. Starving seems like a quick and easy way to get the body of your dreams. It might work physically; inside, however, you are slowing -- and sometimes quickly -- just killing yourself. It's so scary! Why do it?
  • What we all need is self-driven determination. I know it can be difficult to exercise. I hate saying No to pizza and a cold Pepsi, then choosing grapefruit and water instead. But instead of starvation, why not just eat healthy food, lose weight and exercise like every few days. Even healthy food alone does the trick; this way, your are still giving your body the nutrition and vitamins it needs and you still get to eat tasty food. A few things you can splurge on while eating healthily are slim fast shakes; grapefruit; a few Saltine crackers with cheese. And black coffee and tea are a great metabolism-booster.

    Lastly, water. It's so plain. But on those days where there's nothing to do, go jog or do sit-ups. After that, you will crave craving a tall glass of water and then get full on that. Trust me, it's so much healthier!

    I don't care if you weigh 200 pounds or if you have a big nose or the worst acne. You are all beautiful. Don't change for anybody; if they can't accept you for you, then they are just not accepting of themselves! You are truly beautiful. That's why God made you who you are. :)

  • An alternative to actually starving yourself is only eating foods in their natural form. Some examples are: Breakfast -- oatmeal - as much as you want; Lunch -- Caesar salad from McDonald's; Dinner -- vegetables, raw or cooked with no oil.

    You can eat oatmeal anytime you want and as much as you want; it will fill you up and take away the hunger.

  • What are you doing to yourselves? I've suffered from Anorexia for 11 years now (I was born into a family where such behavior and habits were normal). I subsisted on milk and sandwiches as a child. And now, at 17, I can hardly bring myself to have food touch my lips without hesitation.
  • Starving yourself is not the answer: you're hurting your brain, your muscle mass, the strength of your bones, your vital organs. If you want to lose weight, and keep it off, wouldn't you want to do the best and healthiest thing for your body to ensure that you look slim and slender -- and stay that way too? My fear of gaining weight, and body fat in general, increases every day of my life. Not a second goes by without thinking about it... Is that what you really want?
  • Starving yourself -- Anorexia, Bulimia -- these aren't ways of life, no matter how many pro-anorexics claim it to be; no matter how many nearly emaciated celebrities you see on TV. These women are sick. They are unhealthy, and in their future, they are looking for a slew of medical problems with the way they are dieting. Take advice from someone who has been to the very bottom, weighing 85 pounds at age 15, 5' 3", and still on a rocky recovery to a normal body weight. I know there is no hope for me of returning to a "regular diet," but please -- especially the women out there -- do not put yourselves in such a situation! Eat healthily, and exercise. Think positively of yourselves, and take time out every day to relieve stress. I promise you, the healthier way is a much, much better alternative than a slow and painful path to death....
  • Do you people notice how you have to KEEP starving yourselves for those few days? It's because, despite the rapid weight loss, it comes back. The only way to get rid of that weight is to either become anorexic/bulimic, or eat healthily and do exercise. Take it from a person who's contemplated starving herself many times, who HAS tried it before. Sure, guess what, I did lose some weight. But my stomach also started to eat itself and then I got a stomach ulcer. When someone even HUGGED me, I got a horrible, stabbing pain in my upper and lower abdomen. And then I had to force myself to eat when I thought I wasn't hungry , because your body doesn't send you the impulses like it usually does. Now, I still eat when I'm not hungry and I ended up GAINING weight!

    I know it's hard. I hate exercising and getting sweaty, and I still wonder if I should just try skipping meals again. But I know what the consequences will be. I don't want to look like some skinny model; I just don't want a fat stomach. But by starving yourself, and then eating normally, over and over again; or by purging, or constantly starving yourself, you're going to ruin your body even though it'll get thin. I'd rather be a little overweight than lose my entire life to an eating disorder.

  • I found out how to make your metabolism faster: cardio exercise. Anything that gets your heart a-pumping, such as biking, walking at a good pace, jogging, etc. Your metabolism skyrockets and you can eat more and not put on weight. Or you can EAT THE SAME AMOUNT AND LOSE WEIGHT!

    In addition, Pilates is excellent for losing weight. You can learn some of the exercises from their infomercials.

    And I don't have to tell you how good it feels to eat! I went on a crash diet. It sucked at first, and my stupid stomach wouldn't shut up! I was tired and hungry and I just wanted my favorite foods! But then I got used to it. I held my head higher every day. I was proud of myself for controlling my eating. I got better and better at it. And I got skinnier. You could see it in my face and everywhere else, although it wasn't THAT fast. But, one morning I woke up sick. I panicked. I vomited water. IT WAS AWFUL. But I KEPT GOING. I "stayed strong," and didn't "let myself go." Or so I told myself.

    I found ways of not letting people know that I wasn't eating, such as making the dinner while my mum was on her walk and telling her I had already eaten; or dirtying plates to make it look like I had eaten. You get the idea. I kept on and on, until I started to lose less weight than before, but I kept going.

    Then, I started to die. Seriously, die. My brain didn't work as well as it used to. I began to get weaker and weaker. I damaged my liver, my kidneys and my heart (emotionally as well as physically). I had been known for my quick wit and imagination. Then I was dying. I put my weight above EVERYTHING. Now I was dying. I couldn't be ME. I COULDN'T BE ME ANYMORE. I was sick and I needed help.

    I began to eat. At first, I couldn't. I vomited it. I wanted to eat good food (junk food) but I managed to be strong and only eat fruit, vegetables and grains. I drank soy milk (no lactose). I began to come back to life. I still hated myself for eating at that stage. I thought to myself: "How weak. All that time, wasted. You stupid fat pig." But I began to pray. Although this might sound stupid to some of you, please hear me out.

    I prayed: "What the hell am I doing. There ain't anyone listening. Are you going crazy, you...?" But I kept praying, what the hell? And my prayers got answered. I didn't know that would happen. I just didn't know what to do, so I simply prayed. And I got better. I figured how to be how I wanted. And I shared some of that with you before. And I found out that God actually exists. I thought he didn't, but he is there, so there! I am happy now! And I have someone who loves me! He always has, he said, and he always will -- even if I do something really bad. And he told me that it doesn't matter if I am the fattest girl in the UNIVERSE, he still loves me! This blew me away!

    So anyway, I'm free, I'm me, I'm happy, I'm not depressed anymore. I am worth something and beautiful to someone, and I think that's all I needed.

  • Starving is not the right way to go. It's a very unhealthy thing to do; what you need to do is just eat healthily and do exercise! Another VERY important reason not to starve yourself is because it shuts down a lot of organs in your body because they don't get enough nutrients to keep it working and you can EASILY become infertile! Is it really worth it? Is it worth not having children some day and not being able to share this joy? So, please think about this before you go on starving yourself. Just exercise and you'll lose the same amount of weight.
  • Starving yourself to lose weight is the worst possible thing you can do to your body.
  • Sure it will work, but it doesn't mean its GOOD for you... By the time you are 20 or 30, you'll end up having heart failure and liver failure and kidney failure and every other organ in your body failing.
  • I just want to tell you know that, from starving, I lost a baby after I became pregnant.
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The fact that anorexia nervosa is more common in Western cultures supports which sociocultural model?

In Western nations, women are viewed as more attractive or beautiful if they are thinner. There is also a strong correlation between media, successful women, fashion, and the need to be thin to succeed.

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How can person avoid eating disorder?

A person can avoid an eating disorder in a few ways. The most important is to have a healthy body image. Maintaing a healthy diet and active lifestyle are important. A person should not obsess over looks or appearances, and not take bullying or teasing to heart. Be proud of who you are as an individual and realize that dieting is not going to change that.

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How many people in New zealand have anorexia?

About 1 in every 250 people suffer from anorexia or anorexia-like disorders.

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Why does your period stop when you have anorexia?

For a girl / woman to have her period, it requires energy (calories) of the body. It also can result in a (minor amount of) blood loss, but there are also many nutrients that are lost with the uterine lining that were there to potentially support a growing fetus. Anorexics place their bodies in a state where the body naturally does not want to "waste" calories or vital nutrients, usually that it is lacking due to poor nutrition / starvation, on "un-needed" bodily functions. It must continue to breathe and pump blood and filter the kidneys, but having a period is not essential. Starvation can also cause hormone problems, which can lead to disrupted or stopped periods.

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If you are starving yourself to lose weight and start eating again how do you prevent weight gain?

  • Don't starve yourself to lose weight. Your body will just gain back all the weight you lost. you see when you starve yourself your body needs something to use for energy AKA calories, so it takes what you have stored, which sounds really attractive but once you start eating normally again your body stores the calories again. so the healthiest way to lose weight is exercise regularly and eat a healthy balanced diet.
  • If your starve yourself to lose weight, then once you start eating. Start with soups and smoothies and gradually introduce light solids. This should help prevent weight gain. Eat a healthy diet, and exercise is always recommended.
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What is the pathogenesis of anorexia?

According to Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 21st ed. Anorexia is the loss of appetite. Anorexia nervosa is a subcategory and describes a psychological disorder.

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What is functional anorexia?

Functional anorexia means that the person has anorexic tendencies and/or thoughts, but is mentally and physically stable. Many recovering anorexics are functional anorexics.

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Do anorexics put on weight fast?

An anorexic will nto put on weight any faster than a regular person would. It may seem that they gain weight faster, but that is only due to the fact that their body is in a pattern of starvation, so it will try to store any extra food that it can. As soon as a healthy state is reached, weight gain will continue as it would normally for a person.

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How does someone get anorexia?

There are many possible causes of an eating disorder such as anorexia. There is no one reason. Often, many causes join together and lead to the eating disorder. Some common causes are....

* Peer pressure / social pressures

* Media influences

* Low self-esteem

* Dieting gone too far

* Influence / imitation of a family member / friend with an eating disroder

* Depression


* BDD (Body Dismorphic Disorder)

Some theories exist stating that there may be a genetic or internal cause or link, but nothing in this has been conclusively studied.

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How do you get anorexic quick?

You really don't want that, anorexia is a killer disease. It's not like you can choose to turn it off once you've gotten fashionably thin.

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Who is prone to anorexia?

Anyone can potentially become anorexic. Those who are more likely are....


*Between the ages of 12 and 26

*Those who live in the Western Hemisphere of the world

*Alcoholic / Drug Addict

*Those who suffer from low self-esteem, depression, BDD (Body Dismorphic Disorder), low self body image, ect.

*Family history

*Friends who suffer from similar eating disorder

*White / Caucasian

*From an upper- or middle-class family

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Why are anorexics always cold?

because they have no fat

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Is being emo related to anorexia and suicide?

Not at all. What you consider "emo" is actually just scene or scene kids. Emo is a sub-genre of music that has long died out and has been bastardized by the mainstream media to anything that is a man who is feminine by wearing tight pants, eye liner, and sings about his girlfriend (or boyfriend) breaking up with him.


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What happens when you starve yourself to lose weight?

Your body goes into crisis mode Your health is seriously compromised

You may form a habit of using this ill-advised weight-loss method

Doctors and dieticians recommend losing weight gradually, allowing a whole month for every 4 to 8 pounds you want to lose. Do not starve yourself, or skip meals, or try throwing up.
Here's a program for the period in which you want to lose weight:
Try to get plenty of moderate aerobic exercise (intense exercise may damage your joints). It isn't essential to join a gym; you can do sit-ups, pushups, dumbbell-lifting, jumping-jacks, and many other basic exercises at home. Walk as much as possible. Bicycling and swimming are good too. Even for people who are not trying to lose weight, being active helps your digestion, your circulation, and other body processes.

Even more important than exercise, is avoiding junk foods and sweetened drinks such as soda. Try to avoid refined flour and pasta, processed foods, fried foods, and fatty cuts of meat. Preferably consume no added sugar, and as little added salt as possible.

Our great-grandparents didn't have the epidemic of obesity we see today, because they had a less-sedentary lifestyle, a much more natural diet, and they ate reasonably-sized portions.

Eat 3 not-large-portioned meals per day; do not skip breakfast; and avoid sugary snacks. If you want a snack, try (for example) an apple or a handful of unsalted nuts.

Limit your calories (best to consult a doctor or nutritionist concerning the amount), and weigh yourself at the same time each day, 2-3 times per week. If you see your weight diminishing at a safe, reasonable rate (1-2 pounds/week), keep it up.

Once you've reached your goal, increase your calorie intake somewhat, so that you can maintain your present weight. And you can then have small amounts of sweetened foods or junk food on occasion (if at all), along with your regular healthy foods. But keep checking your weight 2-3 times/week.

Avoid crash-diets, fad diets, diet pills, etc. These may be harmful, and need not be considered by people who have adopted an otherwise healthy diet.

More guidelines:
Don't concentrate on specific foods so much as on a balanced, healthy diet plus exercise.

Healthy nutrition means eating what your body needs, while ingesting as few harmful things as possible. It has also been described as getting enough of each of the major food categories, in healthy forms (grains, fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, etc.; plus plenty of water).

In general, an example of a healthy starting point could be a menu of whole-grain foods and bread, a good amount of vegetables, legumes, some fruits and nuts, fish, lean meats in not-large amounts, and some dairy. However, this may need adjusting according to one's lifestyle, age, health, weight and other factors at the outset; and also later, as one sees what works for him/her in particular.

Also...whenever you feel queasy, nauseous, constipated or otherwise not completely well, try to remember what you've eaten over the last several hours or the last day. This is one factor in adjusting one's food habits.

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Could you describe a balanced diet?

What features would a good weight-loss program have?

Some healthy snacks

Is it possible to slim down in just one area of the body?

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What do you do after 50 days of the ABC Diet?

After the 50-Day-Plan on the ABC diet, most will go to their own restrctive diets or will just begin the 50-Day-Plan again. The ABC diet is extremely dangerous and unhealthy, though, and is not recommended to be followed.

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How fast will you lose weight starving yourself?

Fast but you will probably die.

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How do you stop an over-production of saliva and phlegm in your throat?

The best way to relieve this is to gargel with salt water, it will dry out the phlegm. On the other hand, why would you want to??? As inconvenient as it may seem, these are the processes that your body is using to overcome the sickness. Nobody likes diarrhea, right? That, however, is the body's way of flushing out toxins or poisons from the body in the quickest way posible. This situation is no different. The body is merely trying to rid itself of that which burdens any way possible. The harder you fight your body's infinite wisdom, the harder you make it for yourself.


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