I am restricting all foods and only having 200 calories per day. And I have been getting hurt easily and I workout constantly. If I eat over 200 calories I make myself throw up. I am 15 and I'm 5'5 and I dont know what to do. I'm kinda scared, but I don't know if I have an eating disorder or not. I'm really confused. Can someone help me?
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You definitely have an Eating disorder and you need to get help now. This is very serious, you are putting yourself at massive risk, people die from eating disorders. Please tell your parents and go to your GP's surgery ASAP.
Its bad because you are seriously undereating and loosing weight alarmingly fast!. You are starving your body of essential nutrients, it will only put up with this abuse for so long until it starts to harm your vital organs. Have you told your parents??
there is a website called somethingfishy.org which has a ton of resources for those with or think they have an eating disorder. You have an eating disorder.
You may not understand how much damage you are doing to your growing body. These are the consequences of an ED -- from the perspective of someone WITH an ED. Just some of the things she has to deal with -- things you could look forward to
- black outs
- panic attacks
- dizziness, confusion, disorientation, unable to walk straight (turns out due to low sodium)
- constantly thirsty
- shakiness at night
- awful feelings of empitness, sense of loss
- tight chest
- rapid heart beat when getting into bed
- Zilch concentration
- memory loss
Now and forevermore:
- risk of low sodium levels (which causes confusion and dizziness ,coma and death) BUT yet I get very thirsty but have to monitor my fluid intake
- hemorrhoids - painful
- varicose veins
- weak bladder
- out of whack blood sugar levels
- my toe nails no longer grow normally due to blood supply and just fall off
- I can no longer sit for more than 1 hour due to severe muscle pain in my left thigh
- erratic sleeping patterns
- I have a problem with the navicular bone in my left foot (again do to with blood supply to the bone which apparently is only seen in children)
- I have a reoccuring infection on my lips
- a messed up digestive system, social isolation
- amenorrhea for 7 years...just to name a few!
And unfortunately, this thread shows how lethal an ED can be
This is what is going to happen to you The Body Neglected
After your bones deteriorate and your reproductive organs become so atrophied they don't work, your other organs, including your brain will be permanently damaged. You will end up as a stunted adult with brittle bones and infertility. But that's not the worst.
According to this medical authority NEDIC
"The death rate for eating disorders is high: it ranges between 18% (in 20-year studies) and 20% (in 30-year follow-up studies). In fact, the annual death rate associated with anorexia is more than 12 times higher than the annual death rate due to all other causes combined for females between 15 and 24 years old." Cavanaugh, Carolyn. What we know about eating disorders: facts and statistics. In Lemberg, Raymond and Cohn, Leigh (Eds) (1999). Eating Disorders: A reference sourcebook. Oryx Press. Phoenix, AZ.
It goes on to say " The death rate associated with anorexia nervosa alone is more than 12 times higher than the overall death rate among young women in the general population."
Sullivan PF. Mortality in anorexia nervosa. American Journal of Psychiatry, 1995; 152(7): 1073-4.
These are recognized medical sources. I suggest you take them seriously and seek help for your problem.
this is what happens when you stave:
Adequate nutrition has two components, necessary nutrients and energy in the form of calories. It is possible to ingest enough energy without a well-balanced selection of individual nutrients and produce diseases that are noticeably different from those resulting from an overall insufficiency of nutrients and energy. Although all foods are a source of energy for the human body, it is possible to consume a seemingly adequate amount of food without getting the required minimum of energy (calories).
Since the body will combat malnutrition by breaking down its own fat and eventually its own tissue, a whole host of symptoms can appear. The body's structure, as well as its functions, are affected. Starved adults may lose as much as 50% of their normal body weight. Characteristic symptoms of starvation include:
- shrinkage of such vital organs as the heart, lungs, ovaries, or testes, and gradual loss of their functions
- chronic diarrhea
- reduction in muscle mass and consequent weakness
- lowered body temperature combined with extreme sensitivity to cold
- decreased ability to digest food because of lack of digestive acid production
- irritability and difficulty with mental concentration
- immune deficiency
- swelling from fluid under the skin
- decreased sex drive