I hear a lot of talk on here about how an eating disorder, or any extreme dieting really, can slow metabolism, and actually cause weight gain once you start eating normally.
My boyfriend is actually a health science major and always tells me about the latest scientific discoveries, and he said he learned in his advanced nutrition class that the whole "messing up your metabolism" is a myth! He said they learned that your metabolism can slow from dieting and having an eating disorder, but it doesn't stay that way. He says that "your metabolism is your metabolism" and will return to it's normal state after about 1 week of normal eating! He said he saw this on CNN health news as well and I saw it on The View last week, but I can't seem to find it online...if I do I'll add a link for sure.
I just thought this info would help make people feel more comfortable about starting to eat normally, without fearing that they have ruined their metabolism and will gain a ton of weight.
I am posting this with the best intentions--for recovery, and am in no way suggesting that because our metabolisms will not be permanently damaged that it is ok to continue with destructive behavior... There are still tons of damage that this can do to our bodies.