I like to challenge myself by writing things I have never experienced, but it seems I've taken a dive into the deep end this time. I'm trying to write about a girl with an eating disorder (anorexia, primarily, though she might develop bulimia soon), and I need some details.
Searching on Google only gave me the general information, and I need the details to make it seem more realistic, you know? So maybe someone can help me with some questions.
1. If a girl is anorexic, does she feel hungry all the time, or does her body adapt to the small amount of food it gets? And if it does, how long would this take to happen?
2. If the body does adapt, what would happen when she finally was forced to eat a meal (due to fear of discovery)? Would she feel better or worse (sick, nauseous, that sort of thing)? Would her body force her to throw it up?
3. I assume that after bulimics binge, they feel full, right? So what happens after they purge? Do they feel hungry again? How long afterwards?
Thanks for reading, guys. Any input is appreciated!
Edit: Thank you guys so much! Your comments are a HUGE help, and I really think this is going to be believable now. I'll be sure to post a link to the fic once I work this stuff in!