I am only thinking here but I suspect that you are hoping to get the answer that it takes ages before damage is done and that it will be a long time before doctors know anything. Doesn't work like that I am afraid, damage can be done very quickly especially if you weight drops rapidly or if you purge of take laxatives or diuretics. Anorexia is a life threatening illness - 30% of all sufferers die from it. If you are suffering with this illness you really DO need to be honest with your doctor and ask him for help. Don't lie and pretend that you are fine, the only person you are ultimately hurting here is you. if you can be honest and up front, your doc will be able to help you sooner rather than later. It will become very obvious to people that you are anorexic sooner than you think and the earlier you get treatment the easier it is to get out of the anorexic cycle. I lived with chronic anorexia for 14 years - I have been in recovery for 2 years now. I went undiagnosed for a long time and this meant the illness really got a good grip on me. Don't make the mistake I made, I missed out on all my teenage years and most of my 20's. Get help now.
Take care of yourself
Lots of Love
[This message has been edited by moderator1 (edited 06-26-2001).]