so, what really qualifies as anorexia? how do you know if you have a really serious problem?Â
Reason: Locked as several posts were against posting guidelines. Please read the last post in the thread. Promotion of starvation diets or habits that exhibit signs of an eating disorder ("pro-ana", "pro-mia", etc.) is prohibited.
To anyone who is not eating enough:
There is no way that, on so little food, you are getting all the nutrients you need. You are starving yourself. Plain and simple. An adult woman needs 1200 calories per day to survive, a teenage girl or an adult man 1500 per day bare minimum, and a teenage boy 1800 per day minimum and that is when SEDENTARY. If you are exercising, you need even more than that. And this is the bare minimum.
Unless you are very, very short and small it is very likely you will need even more calories than those minimum guidelines. If you are 21 or older use CC's tools to work out your BMR. If you are under 21, CC's tools are inaccurate and you should use this calculator instead: http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/bodycomp/bmiz2.html as you are still growing. Yes, even in the later years - there's more going on inside of you that you simply can't see.
Eating too low a calorie intake, or having a deficit from your BMR greater than 1000 results in something called "survival mode", where your body holds every last thing it can get in expectance of a famine. Water, food, calories. Explained:
- Dieting & Metabolism - This article explains starvation mode and why undereating is counter productive.
- The Body Neglected - This is what happens when you undereat for an extended period of time.
The physical dangers that come with undereating and being underweight are numerous. You put yourself at risk of osteoporosis, of loss of fertility if you lose your period, hair loss, electrolyte problems, a weakening of the immune system, low blood pressure, blood disorders such as anemia, heart problems, and even death. From The Body Neglected: Between 5% and 20% of people who develop [anorexia] eventually die from it. The mental woes that come alongside can be just as devestating. Depression is common in undereaters - as you may well be experiencing - as well as distorted perceptions and problems like Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
You do not need to be underweight to have anorexia.
I would go to your doctor as soon as possible - call and make an appointment tomorrow if you can. You are describing a disordered eating pattern even if you claim otherwise and this is something you need to talk to your doctor about. If you want some online support try http://www.something-fishy.org, and take a look through CC's Eating Disorders Health, Resources and Info Thread. But your most immediate concern is your health - and for that that means you need to talk to your doctor, and a close family member. A parent is usually wise.
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