Well, since I’m calling myself “Anonymous” I guess I don’t mind sharing.
I was anorexic as a pre-teen. My mother actually encouraged it - told me I was overweight when I was not, and taught me that the most effective diet was the rapid starvation one.
The good news is I was very thin. The bad news is about a book long. Let me try to give a couple examples of the problems it caused:
I stopped menstruating and later, after I stopped being annorexic, my periods have always been unusually heavy and painful. I’ve always wondered whether there is a connection - I don’t know.
The hair on my head started coming out. (It grew back when I started eating regularly)
It made me become OVERWEIGHT as an adult. Because I had such awful eating habits. I didn’t know how to “eat sensibly”. All I knew was starvation. So when I decided to stop starving myself … I got fat. I’ve now overcome that and am a nice, normal weight. But isn’t it ironic? Young anorexia causes high weight later in life.
As everyone can tell from my presence on this forum … it did NOT prevent me from inheriting my mother’s facial hair problem.
So I do not recommend this! I can’t tell you how hard it is to learn for the first time as an ADULT how to eat like a normal person - if all you ever knew was “dieting” when you were young. It’s like trying to learn how to read and write for the first time when you’re 60. It’s just harder when you’re older!
If I ever had a daughter, even if she were a little chubby, I would tell her, “Don’t worry about your weight. Just eat right … and if you do that … then your weight will be what God means it to be… whatever that looks like.”