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   Posted 9/30/2006 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my name is Clariza, im here because I am depressed mainly because f my health and weight. I am anorexic and I am 23 years old and I am at a very low weight(78lb). I am about 5 Ft and 1 inch. i would like to know about how many lbs will i gain if in a month i take in 20,000-25,000 calories. please someone help me figure this out. i need to know soon. i am drinking as much boost(a nutritional energy drink that has 240 calories in each bottle of 8 oz) a day wich helps to gain weight. but i have just started drinking this so if i know about how much calories i need each week to gain 1lb per week for about 4 months i will be healthier. I will appreciate any information that anyone can provide me with. i know i need to seek medical care but i am afraid of hospitals and doctors. but if someone gives me the information that i have asked for i will be more than grateful. Thank your time.

Sincerely, Clariza

T Bird
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   Posted 9/30/2006 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Clari, 20,000 calories? You could never eat that much! You would have to be eating every second of the day. In order to gain weight you need to eat like someone trying to lose weight. I would start with a nutrition bar in the morning, the more protein in it the better and higher in calories. Then have some fruit for a snack- bananas are easy to get down and one large counts as two fruit. Have your Boost shake for lunch and then have a snack of a veggies in the afternoon.
For supper by a frozen meal- do not get Lean Cuisine, or Weight Watchers, Stoffers would be good. Make sure it has a meat and two veggies in it, potatoes are ok. And then have a dessert.

Good Luck Clariza! Flute

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   Posted 9/30/2006 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey thanks for the advice. i thought it was posible to eat 20,000 calories in like a month. but anyway your idea sounds better. thank you so much. i really need to get healthy soon because i could be facing months in the hospital wich i would like to avoid.
Bye, Clariza

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   Posted 9/30/2006 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Clari,

I was anorexic years ago and sunk down to a very low weight (I don't know what because I was banned from scales! -- but I've seen some pics!!). When you've been denying your body food for a long time it tends to take a bit of easing back in to get your body (and your mind!) comfortable with food again -- especially because your stomach will be shrunken in size and just may not be able to take normal portions. When I started back towards getting better I really did have to start at the bottom of the "food chain" -- with baby food!! I progressed to soup and peas mixed in with rice. And I took lots of vitamins -- to get my mind and body working as well as possible for this challenge.

Well, it worked: I upped my intake graduallyand healthily. You may have to work towards the plan T Bird suggests, because, as I say, your body may not be capable of eating that much to start with. Eat little and often is the rule. If your stomach has shrunk, it will need to become accustomed to food again and to expland gradually. I would aim for a slow start, working up to 5 or 6 small meals, spaced out over the day and along the lines T Bird has suggested -- as natural as possible (bananas are a *great* idea). If you can get comfortable with that over a couple of weeks, or maybe a bit more, start cutting back on the number of meals (6 down to 5, then down to 4, then down to 3 -- no less) and upping the amount you eat for each.

You are doing a very strong thing. It's tough pulling out of this condition, but it *can* be done. I was told "once an anorexic always an anorexic", but that's not the case. I may have a tendency to cut back on food still when I'm low, but something kicks in to help me from taking this too far now (and cognitive behavioural therapy helped *a lot* with this: after all, playing with food is just a way of displacing anxieties -- and those often have nothing to do with food in their own right, it just becomes that way). I still remember the day I realised that I *enjoyed* food -- this struck me a while after I'd got back to normal eating.

Really good luck with this. As I say, do it slow and steady. My thoughts are with you hun.

Rosie x

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/30/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your advice. My stomach has never been so small that i couldnt hold food. but i do get full easily. but i will do what u suggested. i will eat about 5 - 6 small meals a day and slowly working down to 3 bigger meals. by doing this i will gain some weight im sure.
Thanks again,

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/1/2006 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Clariza, I was anorexic for about two years during my first two years of high school when I was growing up. I thought I had to be perfect in order for some guy to love me and that if I had an ounce of fat on me that it was ugly. It wasn't until people at school kept telling me I was too skinny that I finally started to eat a little more and gained some weight. Now as an adult I take antidepressant medication that I now realize is what I had needed as a depressed and anorexic teen, but they were either not available, or not widely used in the years when I was growing up. I now know that most normal men don't like to hug a bag of bones for a woman.....not that they like us overly fat, but anorexic doesn't turn them on either. I now know that there is some happy medium between having no fat at all and being overweight. I used to think that the thinner the better until I became a nurse taking care of some Aids patients that were gravely ill and anorexic not by choice. They would have given anything to gain weight. A healthy body does have some fat stores for cushioning around organs and over the bones. Your body at 78lbs. is in distress as you are starving it to death. One cannot be healthy at 78 lbs. You can gain maybe 20 pounds of muscle and fat or even more and still be slim. A body needs protein for muscles and organs and making antibodies to fight off infection, and carbs for energy. I have read that when a person is really starved for a long time it is sometimes their heart muscle (starved from protein and energy) that gives out when they start to re-nourish too quickly. I would eat well and healthy but don't rush too much. Get to a doctor for some antidepressant medications to help you to overcome the depression that is causing your anorexia. I know that you say that you are afraid of doctors, but you are in more danger staying away from them than from going to them. Please take care of your little body and love yourself by feeding yourself right.
Love and Hugs, Lesley

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   Posted 10/1/2006 3:31 AM (GMT -6)   
you could see a nutrisionist...they are doctor or hospitally. And could really help with the weight gain.
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