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Hi. My name is Jennifer and I have been recovering from anorexia for about two years. I have recently begun seeing a dietician because although I have been eating 950 calories for a year vs. 400 or less, I have gained weight and periods. I exercise and know that if my body were functioning normally I wouldn't be gaining weight or having periods on so few calories. I have been eating 1400 calories for 3 weeks and haven't gained any more weight, to my relief (I weigh more now than I ever have). My dietician tells me my metabolism is slow, and I know that I have to give my body a chance to funtion normally- but how long does it take, considering my eating habits past and present? I am trying so hard to eat this amount of food, even when my stomach hurts, which is about 99% of the time. I feel as if my body is foreign. Periods and weighing more are really screwing with me.

On behalf of everyone at FEMINIST.COM, I just wanted to write and say "thank you" for sharing your experiences. We get many letters from people who are anorexic and bulimic. I know that your example of 'recovery' will be a model for others. As for the recovery period, I can only imagine that it takes longer than you could ever imagine. I know that the few times I have had surgery or 'altered my body in other ways' it has taken at least a year for me to feel myself. I don't know if this is the same timeline for you, but your dietician should have a good sense. Regardless of how long it takes, you are getting there. Be well and thanks again for being a role model to others...

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