1. Physically – Heart issues, your BP drops and you are more at risk
of heart beat irregularities.
Bones- bone strength is depleted sand you have a higher risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Intestinal function – The gut slows down and food
moves slowly along it and you may feel uncomfortable after eating small
amounts. Your sense of taste may be affected so you add more spices to give flavour.
Muscles – start to waste and you become
Skin and hair – your skin becomes drier and you
may start to lose hair form your scalp whilst downy hair starts to grow on your body, particularly your face.
Poor Sleep – you may become very wakeful
Body temperature- you are always cold.
– “since the brain requires a lot of energy and it is being starved, it becomes difficult to concentrate, decisions are harder to make and thoughts become focussed on food. For example, you might find that you are looking at recipes a lot more, even cooking for other people, and becoming less interested in other things.
– you might notice that you are becoming obsessive, and inflexible.
You might have become very rigid it what you will eat, where you will
eat, when you will eat and maybe even how you will eat. None of those behaviours are normal, healthy ways to be with food. They are signs of starvation. If you were living in a famine, you might have to ration food, You are behaving as though you are starving, because that is exactly the state your body is in.
you have mostly likely become withdrawn and less spontaneous so your life is becoming more and more routine and more and more focused inward. If you are in an intimate relationship you are more than likely losing sexual interest.
Now the good news is that you can restore your health, by understanding that you don’t have to be hungry to be starving, recognising that state of starvation your body and mind are in, and then seeking support to restore your health. DR Chris Fairburn of Oxford Centre for Research on Eating Disorders (CREDO) states that “Almost all the effects will go away if you regain weight to a low but healthy level.” Read that line again.