Research from the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, meanwhile, indicates that even a brief period of anorexia can result in serious bone loss. A study reported in General Practitioner has found that young women with a history of just nine months of anorexia can end up with the bones of a 70-year-old four years later. The bone loss appears to be caused by both oestrogen deficiency and an excess of naturally produced steroids.Reuse content
ALLOWING anorexic girls to view their shrinking wombs and ovaries on ultrasound can be a powerful incentive for them to gain weight, say doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. A group of 26 anorexic teenagers who had never menstruated normally were shown how their womb and ovaries regressed and then recovered as they ate more; after a year, the doctors report in Mims, half the girls were having normal periods.