Coming from someone who had anorexia, take it from moi, it's bad. V_V It practically kills you... slowly. It weakens your body, immune system, you start losing your hair, you can't concentrate very well, you feel faint a lot, etc.
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There is an HBO documentary called THIN, I suggest you watch it. You might then understand what's so bad about it. I can personally tell you how awful it really is, but for some reason I think you're only seeing the weight/thin aspect of it. It's a disease, it's horrible. Don't for one second think it's not. I knew one girl in a center who couldn't physically develop. She's a grown woman, but she looks about 10-12 and she'll never be able to have children. You have to have a cycle to get pregnant. There's also the insanity aspect of it, starve yourself long enough your mind will lose it's grip on reality. It's evil. It's also a battle that once started is hard to continue fighting.
Anorexia is a lot worse than it sounds I used to be anorexic and my lowest weigh was 76 pounds and I'm 5'5 the doctors told me I should have been dead I would starve myself everyday and at my worst i would only eat about 300 calories a week I would faint every other day due to malnutrition and I still did it because in my mind I was fat I'm lucky to be alive today but I do have health problems because of it.
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When your body doesn't get the nutrition it needs it slowly starts to break down. First it attacks the muscles (trying to get some nutrition and energy to survive), then it tackles the fat and then your vital organs. That's when your body starts shutting down, your inmune system gets screwed up and you eventually die of something as minor as a cold for example, because your body couldn't fight it. Not so bad 'ey?
Anorexia Nervosa is a psychological disorder characterized by somatic delusions that you are too fat despite being emaciated. Other essential features of this disorder include an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted image of ones body, denial of the seriousness of the illness, and -in females- amenorrhea. Many people with anorexia nervosa are also diagnosed with other psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders. The starvation experienced by persons with anorexia nervosa can cause damage to vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, and brain. Pulse rate and blood pressure drop, and people suffering from this illness may experience irregular heart rhythms or heart failure which can lead to death in certain situations. In the worst-case scenario, people with anorexia can actually starve themselves to death. Sites used: www.nami.org and wordnetweb.princeton.edu. I would recommend reading NAMI's article on Anorexia Nervosa. It's very detailed and can help you get a better understanding of how serious this disorder is.