Dating a former anorexic

23 Mar

In early recovery, there are times when people simply don’t feel good.

Just as eating triggers the dopamine reward system in the brain, “limerence,” or the feeling of falling in “love,” can be a euphoric experience that drives people to extremes.

I was surviving on less than 250 calories a day but I couldn’t see the damage I was doing to myself.''If I ever went out for a family meal I wouldn’t choose the food I wanted to eat, I would choose the meal with the lowest calories, and I would kick food under the table so my family thought I was finishing the food on my plate.'She added: 'My stomach caved because it couldn’t handle the amount of food I was eating, and it made me sick but it didn’t put me off.

From then on I began eating snacks and my weight gradually started going up.

Even after more than a year of maintaining a normalized body weight, young women who recovered from anorexia nervosa show vastly different patterns of brain activity compared to similar women without the eating disorder, Walter H. D., professor of psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and colleagues report in the December issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Studying these differences in brain function could lead to a better understanding of why some young women, who are typically worriers and perfectionists in childhood, are at greater risk of developing the disorder.