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Elder Anorexia

Mon, Sep 30th 2002

At 61 years, I find I have drifted back towards the anorexia I suffered as a teenager. I'm only anorexic in the sense that I'm phobic about putting on weight; I feel hopelessly suicidally out of control if I override my sense of fullness, and if I find I am putting on weight. I eat plenty, but the problem is if I lose weight through being unwell or extra busy, I can't regain it. My efforts to tackle this problem head on have been disastrous, but tackling it indirectly, by trying to improve my life in other respects, seems to have left me losing weight. My BMI is about 16.5, not too bad, but I don't want it to keep getting lower and I know it should be a bit higher. Do you have any advice?

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