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Updated: 08/23/2013 08:05:32AM

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I n her article, “Anorexia Nervosa: I Almost Starved to Death,” appearing in Family Life Today, Dianne Lawson tells about being so addicted to dieting that she counted every calorie she consumed, including those in the toothpaste she was using. Sometimes she would go two or three days without food to make up for eating a meal she couldn’t avoid. Dianne had started dieting to lose a few pounds, wanting to get down to 108. But before her life-threatening ordeal was over she weighed only 70 pounds and had to be hospitalized to save her life.

At the time she entered the hospital, Dianne was having severe circulation problems and was fainting frequently. She says her skin had become ashen gray and her blood pressure was very low. Her fingernails had ceased to grow; her body had begun consuming her own muscles for nutrition and in the process had damaged her heart.

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