Appearance is one of the most important aspects of any person. It shows how presentable or confident a person can be. To maintain the perfect figure people are rigorously following diet plans and some of them are skipping their meals to achieve the desired body type. Sometimes this leads to severe eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and more. But a fact which remains unknown to us is that these eating disorders usually lead to hair loss, hair thinning and areas of balding.
When a person’s body is malnourished, it results in hair loss. The lack of protein and other important factors from the diet also causes baldness and hair thinning. Junk food and high-fat food again plays a very devilish role in it. People who are gym active, face the same issue because of the excessive protein and steroid intake, as it causes an increased testosterone level in the body.
When a person is suffering from an eating disorder, the protein stored in the body gets depleted. During this process, the body makes sure that it takes care of the essential functioning such as organ functioning and retaining muscle tissue but the hair falls out of this league. As they are made up of a protein called keratin, which is not essential for our body’s functioning, so the hair growth stops. Depending on the person’s age, genetics and overall developmental factors, regular hair growth will most likely return to normal after a person starts stabilising nutritional elements in their diet regularly for at least six months.
If the hair loss is related to anorexia, plenty of co-occurring symptoms such as dehydration, fatigue, lightheadedness etc. usually happens. So hair loss can be a very depressing symptom for someone with anorexia to experience. Gym freaks are often seen to consume protein or steroids, as a belief that their consumption will make them look good and will help them achieve the desired body. But the missing fact is that along with letting you achieve the desired figure it also weakens the layer of hair. So, beware of its consumption. Keep in mind that it should be taken in an accurate amount so that it will not affect the hair growth.
However, if a person is regularly following a nutrient-rich diet but still, they are facing the problem of hair loss, they should immediately consult a doctor.
The article courtesy goes to Dr Arihant Surana, Chief and Celebrity Hair Transplant Surgeon at Alviarmani.