I'm only 13, just so you know. But in August I started starving myself, and started at 135 pounds, and by March, I weighed only 104. Although, I only weighed 104 (my lowest) for a short week, because then people found out about my anorexia and I was forced to gain weight back. I weigh 112 at the moment; which is 8 pounds higher then my lowest. I have been eating at least 2 meals a day for about two months now. My hair also tends to fall out...
I had my period in January, but it skipped in February. I had it in March, but it was very, very light. I didn't get it for April, and I'm worried that it won't come back this month.
So, I have a few questions, actually.
Is 112 a healthy weight for me? (I'm 5'2" 1/2 and am 13.)
And is it possible I'll get my period back after anorexia?
If so, how can I make it come back faster? (without meds or anything.)
It sounds like a healthy weight for your height, but every body is different and it may not be enough.
However, I know a lot of girls that have gotten to healthy weights and it still took them a while to get back their periods. Personally, I got mine back fairly quickly, even at a low weight. I was proscribed calcium pills by a doctor, which were supposed to help me get my period back. Perhaps you could try taking some?
Also, make sure you're getting enough fat in your diet. Good luck.
how much did you weigh before you started gaining again?
Losing from 135 to 104 did your body a great deal of damage, and just gaining 8 lbs on 2 meals a day is not enough to repair the damage, and your body is telling you this by stopping your period, and letting your hair fall out - it feels that since it is being starved, it can't afford little luxuries like fertility and thick hair, as it is struggling to just keep alive.
To recover properly from anorexia, you need to stop all exercising, eat 2,500+ calories a day (ideally 3,000+ as you are under 21), and you need to keep doing this until you stop gaining naturally (sorry, but 112 is unlikely to be your natural set point, if your hair is still falling out and you are only 8 lbs up from your lowest)
If that sounds like a lot of food, then try splitting it up into 3 meals and 3 snacks, and go for higher calorie options (e.g. full fat cheese, yogurt, etc). If you don't think you can do this on your own, then ask your doctor if you can see a qualified dietician who will know how to help.
gelyrox - 104.
mrswilsoncat - I can't ask a doctor, since I don't have one. And that sounds like a heck of a lot of food, but... I can try.