I have asthma and need an effective method to lose weight instead of binging / purging.

I have a very complicated tale to tell. Firstly, I'm a 19-year-old male. I have always been a finicky eater and food has always ruled my life. My mother and my younger sister both lost weight very fast by not eating. I did the same. I didn't eat anything for nearly 5 months and when...

What should I eat to help my metabolism speed up?

I had an eating disorder a few months ago. Now it seems like my metabolism has died almost completely. I gained 25 pounds of fat weight in two months. I was 95 pounds, but now I weigh 120 pounds and I don't feel healthy at all. I'm over fat now because everything that I...

I am a seventh grader doing a report for science on anorexia and bulimia.

I am a seventh grader in Massachusetts doing a report for science on anorexia/bulimia. Part of this assignment is to interview a patient or medical worker involved with these disorders. If you could, I would like you to take some time to answer the following questions on these diseases. Can anorexia/bulimia be spread...

Is there any way I can lose this weight without being anorexic about it?

I am a sixteen-year-old female and am 5 feet and 98 pounds. I e-mailed you earlier about a problem I have. I am obsessed with weighing 95 pounds. I have recently started taking laxatives to help me get down to my desired weight. I'm cold all the time and I am a workout fanatic....

Could give me some information on eating disorders so I know what’s going on in a school play?

My class in school is going to perform a play on anorexia and bulimia on Tuesday. I was wondering if you could give me some information on these disorders so I know what's going on in the play? Please read my anorexia and bulimia topics? That is a good place to start for some background...

Friends I sit with at lunch started eating 100 to 200 calorie lunches. Is a call for attention?

Recently, my best friend was diagnosed with anorexia. After that, the friends I sit with at lunch started eating 100 to 200 calorie lunches. This was a huge change from the normal meals I'd seen them eat. Is this just a passing call for attention? Wow, that's interesting, but not surprising. Are all your friend's...

My vegetarian girlfriend weighs no more than 100 pounds. What do I do?

My girlfriend is 16 and will not eat. She says she can't and doesn't feel like eating and that she doesn't want to become fat. I think she has anorexia. She's about 5 feet tall and is no more than 100 pounds. I am writing to you from the Netherlands and we do not...

What is anorexia? Is it the same as bulimia? Can a person have both?

What is anorexia and is it the same as bulimia? Can a person have both? Anorexia is characterized by self-imposed starvation, a loss of 15% to 25% of usual body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, laxative abuse, excessive exercising, a distorted perception of body image, and an absence of a menstrual cycle. The...

What can I do to help someone I know who is really thin and she probably has anorexia?

I know someone who is really thin and she probably has anorexia. What can I do to help? If the person is under age 18, a parent can bring the teen in for treatment. However, if the person is over age 18, you should encourage them to seek help. Tell them they look unhealthy or...

I have a girlfriend who is 5 feet 2 inches and 86 pounds. Does she have anorexia?

I have a girlfriend who is 5 feet 2 inches and 86 pounds. Does she have anorexia? She thinks she can still pinch the fat on her stomach. All she eats is candy. Your friend meets 3 of the criteria for anorexia. Her appropriate weight is 101 to 136 pounds. Anyone who has lost 22%...

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