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Anorexia in her 20s leaves damage to bones at 50

One weekend morning I was wearing a sleep shirt that came down to the middle of my thighs, and my dad saw me walk by and said, holy ****. He made me get on the scale and saw that I weighed 85 pounds, and he thought my heart was going to stop.

Here is another deeply personal story from a member of American Bone Health’s Board of Directors to illustrate how risk factors, in this case a history of eating disorder, can affect your bones throughout your life. Kathy Sharp suffered from anorexia during her teens and 20s, leaving her with osteoporosis and osteopenia and at high risk of fracture.

Kathy has been able to turn around her bone health thanks to therapy, developing a healthy relationship with food, and weight training. We thank her for her service to American Bone Health and for sharing her experience to help others. 

For further reading, here is a primer on taking charge of your bone health if you have risk factors: 

And here is a lesson on how to talk to your doctor about bone health.


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Reviewed:  7/1/19

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