People with anorexia are not always “soooo thin.” Plenty are of a normal weight.
Anorexia doesn’t get rid of your extra body fat, then stop. Anorexia breaks down your muscles, one of the many reasons why many anorectics have a difficult time even getting out of bed. Anorexia eats away at your muscles, which aren’t as necessary as fat, then moves on to your organs, breaking down even your brain in a quest for nutrients. Your body wants to live.
When you don’t eat, you…
- become severely dehydrated, which can cause chronic headaches and wrinkles, as well as kidney failure and seizures
- throw off the electrolyte balance in your body, causing extremely painful muscle spasms and cramps
- shrink your stomach so that eventually all eating is painful
- increase your chances of heart attacks and kidney failure
- stop giving your body the calcium it needs, so your bones become very brittle and fragile, often for the rest of your life
- may lose your period, which can cause permanent infertility
- end up with dry, coarse hair and blue, brittle fingernails
- mess up your blood pressure, which may cause fainting when standing up
- bruise more easily due to the blood lacking platelets
- may permanently ruin your intestinal system, which may require you to take laxatives every time you need to go to the bathroom
When you look at the media’s version on anorexia, you see skinny young white women and just might think “Ooh, I could be that skinny too.” That’s not how it works. Anorexia is an illness, one that works very hard to convince you that you are worthless, awful, insignificant, annoying, bothersome, “too much”/”too little,” etc. It destroys you, even long after you recover.Leave a comment View 10 Notes blog comments powered by Disqus blog comments powered by Disqus