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How do anorexics lose weight?

Asked by ItsxJess (36points) July 21st, 2009

I’m not in any way interested in becoming anorexic. I’ve been down that road and am still recovering.

I just never understood how they lose so much weight so quickly. When you starve yourself your body goes into “starvation mode” which causes your body to hold on to everything, not burn it as it normally would. So what’s the deal? They’re in this “starvation mode” yet they still lose weight. Does anyone happen to know why?

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jpasq03's avatar

I think because very little energy is coming in, so the body starts to use available energy (not immediately though), and eventually it starts to consume itself.

That’s why starving kids have bellies, their body is consuming itself.

dalepetrie's avatar

Even if your body is in “starvation mode” where it’s using whatever it can get its hands on for energy, it’s still a basic math equation…if you expend more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. You might lose weight in your muscle tissue instead of from fat, but your body has to absorb the energy from somewhere.

eponymoushipster's avatar

yes, if you consistently click on links, you’ll become anorexic.~

Likeradar's avatar

My understanding is that the starvation mode of conservation only lasts so long.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

The body doesn’t get sufficient nutrition so it goes into “starvation mode” as you say. The problem is that then the body begins to consume it’s own reserves and then it begins to consume itself.

daemonelson's avatar

‘Starvation mode’ as you put it is only good for retaining weight when one is no longer anorexic. You can’t gain or maintain weight from nearly non-existent input.

oreo45's avatar

Yet for the last month Ive taken in 800 cal a day exercized, and managed to gain 2 lbs None of this makes any sense.

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