According to the Stockholm Solution. Anorexia is caused by starvation, and that starvation brings on the psychological symptoms of anorexia,. This new treatment in Stockholm has roughly a 90% success rate, compared to the 50% or so sucess rate of convential treatment.
Ancel keys ( yes the man who condemned saturated fat) held a study called the Minnesota Starvation experiment "The investigation was designed to determine the physiological and psychological effects of severe and prolonged dietary restriction and the effectiveness of dietary rehabilitation strategies." where 36 mentally and physically healthy males were starved for 6 months.
After these 6 months, they were given a 8 week rehabilitation period, they showed many symptoms of anorexics, including; depression, withdrawal, thinking they are fat when they were in recovery, exercising excessively, constantly obsessing about food, toying with their food, eating slowly ( up to two hours compared to finishing in minutes). Things like cooking books became very interesting to them, when they had no past interest.
When in the recovery period they often lost control and felt guilty and worthless afterwards.
When I was about 4 kg underweight (due to under-eating tendencies/life stresses) I remember first seeing this study and jumping out of my seat! Funnily enough it sounded a-lot like me. The obsessive thinking about food, the recipes, measuring and withdrawal i experienced. When I put myself on a weight gain plan I had a insane appetite, I really did loose control. I ate HEAPS, and I felt guilty afterwards, when the weight started to pile on I thought I looked flabby, but the truth was that I wasn't used to seeing myself like this. When I returned to a normal weight, all those symptoms went away, and I was good as new.
I just thought I wanted to share this with you guys because I have seen a few people who have suffered from Anorexia or similar eating disorders and might find it interesting.
Documentary --> http://www.babelgum.com/2831/the-stockholm-solution.html <-- Blew my mind!
Grok on ;)