“This set of personality traits is set up in a society that is thin-worshipping, fat-phobic, and diet-obsessed,” Gaudiani points out.
“It’s a perfect storm for why patients are getting anorexia and getting really sick with it.” Descriptions of living with the disease are harrowing.
Admission criteria require that patients be less than 70 percent of their ideal body weight, or have a body mass index (BMI) below 15.
In a woman who is 5 feet 4 inches tall, that’s about 85 pounds.
As his daughter advanced through her teen years, the corporate executive and his wife set up “contracts” with the aid of therapists and medical staff to help promote nutrition and maintain proper weight.
Gaudiani and Mehler are the only internal medicine physicians to hold Certified Eating Disorder Specialist certification in the United States.
One California woman has lived with a severe form of the disease for more than a decade, according to reports by ABC news and Buzzfeed.
When her body weight reached 40 pounds, she and her husband began a successful fundraising campaign to help cover the costs of care at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health.
In a Quora post, Liu described her early teen years: “I took two-hour aerobic classes and returned home for two more hours of surreptitious stair-climbing as my parents watched television downstairs.
I got up in the middle of the night to pace the bedroom or stand on tiptoe.