Does Anorexia Cause This?
Recently, I was shocked to discover that a relative, 39 y.o., with a 16 yo son, just was diagnosed with anorexia. Things were so bad, that from her lack of food intake and malnutrition, she could not move her legs or walk. She is slowly recouperating.
I also found out that during this 3 month starvation ordeal, she would only eat every other day, something like a boiled egg. Now she may have been suffering for months - do not know. During this period, she also started having swallowing issues as well. (This is not what caused her anorexia, it was anxiety.) Now, when you don't chew/eat normally, does that weaken those muscles used for swallowing? Or is it anxiety that caused her swallowing issues? She has been depressed for a year or so.
Also due to the fact that she could not walk and felt her legs very weak, has her malnutrition caused any sustained damage? I was so shocked when I found out, yet very surprised that this not eating would disable her body.