Eating Disorders make your hair fall out
In an earlier post, I talked about how eating disorders affect dental hygiene. Although I didn’t mean to make eating disorders seem like a shallow way to “look good”, I might’ve come across that way to some readers. I apologize. I only meant to assume (you know what they say when you assume…) that people care about their appearance. Well, warning: I’m going to assume that again here.
Just like eating disorders affect dental hygiene, they cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which result in hair loss. Hair loss. (Here’s where I’m going to assume) I don’t think I look my best or anywhere near it with patches of my hair falling out. I know that eating disorders are far more complicated than simply wanting to be attractive, but typically people do want to be attractive and premature balding isn’t in vogue quite yet.
Okay, but seriously, it’s called malnutrition. By either restricting food intake and limiting calories or purging, the body can’t absorb and utilize the nutrients and vitamins in food. Without those nutrients and vitamins, hair falls out; nails become brittle; even vital organs fail.
If you’ve already started to notice these things, please contact a doctor. Eating disorders pose very serious health risks and, no matter who you are, you deserve a healthy and fulfilling life.
(for more information, visit: http://www.something-fishy.org/dangers/dangers.php)
Eating disorders ruin your teeth?
I’m going to assume something here: in general, we all want to look good. Right? If we didn’t want to look good, we wouldn’t starve ourselves, or anything else like that. Going along with looking good, teeth are pretty important. You see an attractive member of the opposite sex, you make eye contact, he/she approaches you, you smile, and BAM – your teeth tell your life story. Okay, now I know your teeth don’t actually say anything about childhood memories or previous relationships, but they are a decent indicator of hygiene: whether you care to brush once, twice, or not at all per day, whether you obsessively whiten, and whether or not you throw up after every meal. Harsh, but eating disorders can do a number on your pearly whites.
Dental.net/dental-nutrition/eating-disorders/ goes into detail about tooth erosion and halitosis due to purging as well as other majorly unattractive symptoms.
It also talks about treatment options, noting that those with eating disorders “explain their circumstances to their dentist” to ensure dental hygiene. Since a dentist is a medical professional, don’t be afraid to request confidentiality if you tell him about your condition. The most important thing is that you get help and, as hard as it is to understand, your eating disorder is destroying your body.
Anonymous said: So I used to be bulimic. Well, I sort of still am, but I've been able to control my purges really well lately. I haven't done it in a while. Anyway, I've been noticing my hair has been starting to fall out, and it's starting to worry me. Is that normal for someone who has/had an ED? And is there something I can do about it? I value my hair a lot; it's the ONLY thing I like about myself. .__.
Yes, it is extremely common for people who suffer from an ED. In fact, it’s one of the most common side effects. There is really nothing you can do about it, besides push yourself to recover. If you have recovered, and see it’s still happening, there are vitamins you can take, like fish oil vitamins. But, these vitamins will have no affect if you continue to hurt your body. Your hair will continue to fall out and be dull before you know it, and you really don’t want that!
Good luck! <3