"Common feelings and actions that are linked to anorexia nervosa include: Having an intense fear of gaining weight. Restricting food or types of food, such as food that contains any kind of fat or sugar. Weighing less than 85% of your expected body weight. (In a child or teen, losing or not gaining weight during a growth spurt is a concern.) Seeing your body as overweight, in spite of being underweight. This is called having a distorted body image. Overexercising. Being secretive around food and not seeing or wanting to talk about having a problem with eating or weight loss.
Some people who have anorexia also make themselves vomit or use laxatives or diuretics to lose weight (bulimia). Breakdown of the enamel on the teeth is a common symptom of long-term vomiting.
Common physical signs of malnutrition from anorexia include:3
A low body weight. Constipation and slow emptying of the stomach. Thinning hair, dry skin, and brittle nails. Shrunken breasts. Stopping or never getting a monthly menstrual period. Feeling cold, with a lower-than-normal body temperature. Low blood pressure. A slow heartbeat (fewer than 60 beats a minute). Not feeling pain as you normally would. Purplish skin color on the arms and legs from poor blood circulation. Swollen feet and hands. Yellow-orange skin, especially on the palms of the hands."
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You are very welcome. Please feel free to post here anytime. I am glad you have someone to open up a little with. Let us know what you decide about the chest pain. I understand why your feeling some depression and I hope you find ways to help yourself so that food isn't such an issue in your life.
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There are many reason for leg cramps. Your local drug store will have over-the-counter medications for leg cramps. Eating a few bananas can help. WebMD has a great article about water that may also help entitled: The Wonders of Water.
WebMD's blog, Reality Check, has an interesting new blog entry:
Life Size Barbie was created by an anorexia survivor and college student, Galien Slaven who created the Barbie for her school's National Eating Disorder week.
Further internet research on Galien Slaven and her life size Barbie doll brings some riveting quotes.
Christian Science Monitor "Slayen identified so closely with her beloved Barbie dolls, she told Today, that she "figured that was what I was supposed to look like" and fell down the slippery slope of an eating disorder."
The Today Show "I'm not blaming Barbie [for my illness> — she's one small factor, an environmental factor," Slayen said. "I'm blond and blue-eyed and I figured that was what I was supposed to look like. She was my idol. It impacted the way I looked at myself."
Most eating disorders are kept a secret because the fear of judgment or lack of understanding and this really did grab my attention.
What do you think of Gallien's Barbie and the messages we receive about what our goals should be when it comes to how we look?View Thread