November 21st, 2005

on a break

eating disorders + circulatory issues.

i know from first-hand experience that when a person loses weight they sometimes feel very cold, even when the temperature of their surroundings is moderate to warm. i'm assuming this has something to do with the direct loss of weight & body fat (insulation)?

lately, however, it's my feet and hands that have been bothering me. i've read & heard that this could possibly be a circulatory issue? is this potentially related to my eating habits (as it seems the freezing extremities are a semi-recent development)? can not consuming enough food, or engaging in bulimic tendencies bring about this sort of change? thoughts, personal experiences, and scientific data are welcome.

Oh, the medical system.

I know there have been some comments about the ignorance of the medical system here, and I wanted to provide some insight as to why.
We all know how grossly ignorant the majority of the population is about eating disorders, and that doesn't stop with the medical profession (as much as we wish it would)
I have NEVER been weighed at the doctor. EVER..my mum made me go after about 6 months of not getting my period, my dr. says "oh yes, usually that is a big red flag, but I know that you dance a lot, so no big deal" there's that ignorance, in a big way..
so, i am a nursing student and we have studied nutrition along the way..here is what we have covered on the topic of eating disorders:
1) that obestiy is an eating disorder and that to be obese you weigh 10% more than "normal" weight for your height
2) A BMI of less than 20 is underweight
3) That bulimia is binging (which means eating a lot of food) and purging (which means throwing up or using direutics)
4) An anorexic is someone who restricts their calorie intake and it very thin
THAT'S IT....
so when we graduate, we will all be nurses who have based our knowledge about eating disorders on the above information, or EVEN WORSE, what the media portrays....