But why do I need calories?



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Dear Readers,

Please find below a very excellent article by AimHigh from GCC. We hope you’ll find the post below helpful and very useful in your journey to recovery. Thank you AimHigh for your very generous contribution.

Written by: AimHigh

“Free eating disorder support groups in Los Angeles and Woodland Hills are offered weekly to the community. The free support groups are available for adolescents and adults, males and females, who may suspect that they have an eating disorder or those in recovery. The Bella Vita’s support groups are led by an eating disorder therapist, attendees have the opportunity to receive support while sharing their struggles and listening to the stories of those in recovery.”


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7000 calories… what is the first thing that you think of? Perhaps these are the number of calories you consumed over the last 5 years, if you are a healthy person you might think nothing of it. Dieters may think “That’s my total calories for the week!”

Truth is, that’s just the number of calories you need weekly to have the ability to breath, have a beating heart and a working metabolism, no wonder our metabolism ceases to exist in a prolonged eating disorder, and some people may reach the point of nerve damage (yikes!)

-In a study conducted with 51 patients with Anorexia Nervosa (ages 12-47) and 50 healthy volunteers (ages 17-50); it was concluded that ‘Three of four patients with AN for at least ten years were among those with PN’ {PN- Peripheral Neuropathy}.*Departments of PM&R, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI 48072


– ‘Men with an eating disorder can also lose bone density due to low weight, for restriction, and testosterone deficiency.’

‘The brain is an organ, and when it doesn’t get enough nutrition, it loses brain matter. The white matter returns when weight and nutrition are restored, but the grey brain matter does not.’ *www.eatingdisorderhope.com



That doesn’t really mean that we should all go and eat 1000 calories a day, because if you’re like me, you have muscles and hormones! OH la la what an amazing thing! But yeah, you need another 7000 calories a week for the building and repairing of muscles and fats (that are responsible for hormones). And let’s note that even peeps who don’t exercise need to build and repair muscle although no actual exercise is done.

-Eating disorders can stimulate the production of the so-called ‘stress hormones’, which include cortisol, growth hormone and noradrenaline. These hormones are usually released in higher concentrations at periods of high stress and can lead to sleep problems, feelings of anxiety, depression and panic.

Some studies suggest that women with eating disorders are at higher risk of complications around the time of pregnancy, including the need for a caesarean section, postnatal depression, miscarriage, complicated delivery and premature birth. However, most pregnant women who have recovered from eating disorders have healthy pregnancies. (Eating disorders may not only affect you but your baby too)*www.yourhormones.info

– “males are at greater risk of cardiac failure and bone loss related to osteoporosis,” Murray says. “They go further down the illness trajectory.”*health.usnews.com

As someone who hates both pills and hospitals, I need to also give my body a MINIMUM of 1000 calories a day, what would that do? It will provide it with the needed ENERGY to repair my damaged organs, which includes the heart, brain, kidneys, liver, etc.

 If you had the disorder even for a few months, damage had most likely been done to your lovely body.

-Hair loss is a more than common sign of anorexia and it is cause by vitamin deficiency, malnutrition and dehydration. In contrast, lanugo, the typically fine and soft hairs on the face will grow as a natural defense of malnutrition and starvation as it try to keep the body warm.

The lack of vitamins and nutrients from anorexia can cause the teeth to become brittle and weak. A blood chemical imbalances like low potassium or iron (anemia) can potentially lead to death.

Fingernails and toenails can become weak and brittle due to the lack of essential nutrients from proteins and fats that are required to grow keratin. Keratin is what makes up finger and toenails. *www.futuresofpalmbeach.com

Now if you have suffered with a RED –Restrictive Eating Disorder- for even just a short amount of time –A couple months- you have probably, most likely, done some serious damage to you organs, and your mental health is probably in chaos too, that applies for people who aren’t underweight too, yes, men too, yes, elderly too, ED doesn’t discriminate.

Stay tuned for part 2 of the calorie guidelines and their effects. You aren’t alone.






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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.


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