when does becoming lean and slim border anorexia / eating disorder?

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    Jan 01, 2009 11:42 PM GMT
    After taking a hiatus from my daily regimen of going to the gym and eating right, I've noticed that I continue to lose weight at a startling rate. Ive been pretty bad lately and during the holiday I indulged in chocolate, alcohol and other sinful vices but I am losing more and more weight ironically. Im at a weight that I consider is bordering anorexia, Im not THAT skinny but if I dont start putting on weight Ill be one of those statistics. Earilier in the year I was at 185 lbs with 15% body fat. Now I weigh 150lbs at 6'0. My stats according to the average male my height age etc is considerably lower. I've never been deathly skinny but like i said im making it an effort to GAIN but its not working... could something be terribly wrong with my body? could it be cancer?

    Should I cut out cardio all together and focus more on weight training? Im happy with my waist line, it has been a struggle to keep a lean waistline but at the cost of all else, Im beginning to think im putting my body into a starvation mode. I know my BMR is 1700. When im hungry I over-compensate but I still make a point of not skipping meals. has anyone gone thru the same dilemma?
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    Jan 02, 2009 1:32 AM GMT
    Have a CMP run with thryoid and resting glucose. That'll find most medical stuff.

    Otherwise, likely, you're just uptight about your weight.

    Google on "setpoint" to understand how to nudge your body's setpoint back up to a normal weight.

    Get yourself the USDA PCS 20 food calculator and take a look at your caloric intake.

    Could be (most likely) you're just not eating enough. It's pretty easy to just keep losing weight if you have been going downward. You may well need to just starting eating more.

    Only you can determine this stuff.
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    Jan 02, 2009 2:18 AM GMT
    Always remember that what's 'average' for one person isn't for another...
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    Jan 02, 2009 4:11 AM GMT
    You don't mention your current body fat percentage, though I could estimate it from your stats & BMI if I wasn't too lazy. Body fat's another thing to watch, because going too low, like in the 9% range for a man, can cause health problems.

    I was between 9 and 11% when I taught college phy-ed, and I had a problem with fatigue and with sudden light-headiness. An ex-BF has the same problem when he approaches 9%.

    He also has trouble gaining weight, and can lose it very quickly. Indeed, he's chronically underweight. But he's addicted to strenuous daily workouts, while I tell him his body & overall health would benefit more from alternating days of exercise & rest.

    Chronic weight loss and inability to gain weight back can have medical causes, for which a doctor should be consulted. Cancer at 27 is not very common, and it's not the only medical reason for weight loss. Plus if a cancer results in weight loss, you may expect to see decreases in both fat & muscle mass, not entirely one or the other.

    150 lbs at 6 ft is at the low end of the ideal range. If the doctor finds nothing medically wrong with you, you may want him/her or a nutritionist to evaluate your diet.
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    Jan 30, 2009 8:44 PM GMT
    Also remember that anorexia and eating disorders are cognitive problems. If you aren't obsessing over food, your image, and what you put in, or in some cases project, from you mouth, you probably don't have an "eating disorder."

    If this weight change continues, seek a professional's opinion.
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    it really doesn't sound like you have an eating disorder. your matabolism could be changing and thats it
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:28 PM GMT
    Being skinny doesn't make you anorexic. Being anorexic makes you skinny. How skinny are you saying you are? Are we talking Jesus on the cross skinny? Are we talking completely emaciated or are you just exaggerating? I don't always trust weight to be a good measure of health.

    "Earilier in the year I was at 185 lbs with 15% body fat. Now I weigh 150lbs at 6'0."

    Looks like you posted this thread on New Years Day. I'm assuming you meant earlier in 08... Anyway if you lost 30 lbs in the span of 3 months I would prob be concerned. If you lost it in the span of 6 or more months I wouldn't be too worried. It's possible you lost a lot of water weight and perhaps your colon was finally able to let go of some of the garbage down there. Could be a lot of things. As long as you aren't getting sick often or finding yourself tired all the time I wouldn't worry about it.