How Fast Do Anorexics Lose Weight? The Shocking Truth


How fast do anorexics lose weight? I know a lot of people would like to know the answer to this significant question. But first, you have to know the definition of anorexia and anorexics. You may want to learn too about its causes and effects on your body. This way you would know whether it’s harmful or not.

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia or anorexia nervosa is a condition characterized by extreme fear of gaining weight, because of the perceived fear of becoming overweight. Even when the person is not really fat, she still believes that she is, so the person goes on a restrictive diet and tends to vomit food that she has ingested.

Anorexia is a complicated condition that cannot be explained fully in a short post, thus, I gleaned the essential topics only and summarized them in this post.

What Are the Causes of Anorexia?

It’s considered a mental and physical sickness that can be prompted by the way the person thinks.

In some studies, they say it can be inherited. It can also be the product of both the environment and social surroundings, and the person’s own experiences. In this condition, the individual tend to have a distorted body image.

She may think that she is fat, but in reality, she is actually thin. This can be fatal because the person is allergic to food to the extent that she becomes malnourished and insufficiently fed. This can lead to death.

What Are Anorexics?

These are persons sick of anorexia nervosa. They tend to view any food as a ‘fattener’. Hence, they perceive food as the ‘enemy’. They display the characteristics described accordingly.

What Are the Symptoms of Anorexia?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of anorexia mentioned in this list, you may want to consult your doctor or psychologist to prevent it from worsening.

  • Under weight
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Brittle nails
  • Constipation
  • Hypothermia
  • Dry skin
  • Binge eating
  • Listlessness
  • False sense of body weight
  • Fear of food
  • Severe exercise
  • Skipping meals
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting after eating
  • Fainting spells
  • Thinning hair
  • Distorted body image

If you have checked more than 3 of these symptoms, this is an indication that you have to consult your psychologist/doctor. It’s better to be certain whether you have anorexia or not.

How Fast do Anorexics Lose Weight?

There is no common answer because the speed in which anorexics lose weight would depend on several factors, such as:

Body’s Metabolism

Each individual’s metabolism varies from one another. Some anorexics can lose weight to as much as 10 kg per week, while others may lose only 0.5 to 1 kg per week. Your body’s metabolism contributes a lot to how the food that you take in is distributed and eliminated.

If you have a slow metabolic process, you would tend to lose weight gradually. But if you have a rapid metabolic process, you could lose weight more easily. The speed of your metabolism depends on the function of your internal organs. Impairment in any of your organs will slow down your metabolism.

Hence, in liver, kidney and digestive impairments, expect the weight loss to be slow.


Some experts declared that the genes have something to do with anorexia. They claim that it can be hereditary. However, intensive research has to be conducted further to validate this hypothesis.


Your lifestyle can influence your weight loss or weight gain. If you exercise, you would most likely lose weight more easily than a sedentary person. Also, do you have sufficient sleep? Sleep disturbances can cause you to go into an eating binge, which would affect your weight loss.


The foods that you eat can also affect the amount of weight you can lose. Fatty and carbohydrate-rich foods add significantly to your weight. Hence, avoid these foods. But don’t overdo it. Your body needs energy coming from these foods, to be able to ‘stay alive’.

Thus, the speed in which anorexics lose weight is dependent on a lot of factors and individual differences. Depending on these factors, the weight loss can range from 0.5 to 10 kg per week.

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I have answered the question: How fast do anorexics lose weight? You can now determine in which category you belong to. Is your anorexia due to your genes? Or do you simply have a ‘distorted body image’? You can ascertain the cause of your condition by consulting a psychologist, a doctor and/or a psychiatrist. This would depend on the severity of you anorexia.

Bear in mind that anorexia is an illness, and it’s not a healthy way to lose weight. If you want to lose weight, utilize healthy and safe methods; there are various fun and exciting weight loss programs. You have only one life. You should take care of it.

You could share this valuable information to your family and friends.


Hello everyone! I’m glad to have you here. I’m a medical technologist by profession. My second love is writing. So, I’m focusing on providing content to help other people with their health problems. I hope I can be of help to you.

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