It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Eating Disorder Recovery Message Board

Anorexia Hair loss

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-02-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Birmingham
Posts: 15
helives HB Userhelives HB User
Anorexia Hair loss

Hey I was wondering if anyone could give some information/experience on the issue of hair loss due to anorexia. My anorexia has been causing my hair to fall out for probably about 6-7 months now but it is now really starting to show. I nowhave to think about how I'm going to do my hair so it doesn't look terrible where my scalp is showing up. This is quite a devastating thing for me becuase I have always been known for my ridiculously thick hair! Does anyone know how long into recovery it would grow back and also please tell me it doesn't just keep going until I'm bald :S. And lastly, obviously different nutrients and vitamins affect different things in our so what exact foods are the best to try and include in my diet to slow down al least the hair loss due to my low weight?

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 10-11-2012, 04:56 AM   #2
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 5
Beau33 HB User
Re: Anorexia Hair loss


I am currently in recovery from quite severe anorexia and experienced hair loss so hope I can help a little bit.
I too was known for my really thick hair so I know exactly how devastating it is and how awful you feel. I lost about 70 % of my hair (I had been ill for a very long time but the hair loss was very rapid once I was at my worst weight) but the good news is it does grow back. But this takes a long time as your hair is one of the last things to repair since its not vital, when youre in recovery your body will try and repair the damage to your organs first as that is a priority. I had been in recovery about 8 months when I noticed my hair was starting to grow back, I'm now 14 months into recovery and even though Im still a low weight Im the best Ive been in years and my hair reflects that - its not as dry and brittle as it was and its getting thicker. I will be honest and say it isnt the same as it once was by far and a lot of girls I was in hospital with said they found it came back different, possibly in colour or more curly than it was before the loss. Mine is the same colour but wavy now whereas before i had poker straight hair.
The reason for the hair loss is the lack of protein in your diet, also zinc is very good for hair so possibly you could get a zinc supplement. But the only way your hair will come back is to start working up to a healthy weight. I used that as motivation for me as I was so devastated to lose my hair that I thought about how good it will be for it to come back and that would make the struggles of recovery and gaining weight worth it. Your hair wont come back if you stay at a low weight and you wont be able to prevent it falling out.
I hope that was some help to you.
Keep going and take care

Closed Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:37 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!