I seem to be a very rare case. While anorexia affects mostly teenage girls, I had the disorder at as young as 10 (went from 75 lbs to 50 lbs in three weeks, and yes I was a skeleton). And I'm a guy. Nowadays, aside from a shitty imune system, weak bones, and having to sleep 12 hours a day, I'm a picture of health. I even stunted my growth for a few years (though I've made up for it and, ironically, now stand tall and weigh more than average for my height). It's been roughly seven years since recovery, and I'm still pissed off at myself for having put my body through that mess. For all I know, my lifespan might be twenty years shorter than it would have been otherwise. Though I had a very stressful childhood, I now realize that if I had just held on a bit longer everything would be fine. I know I kind of went off topic, and I apologize. I'm just venting here, not writing a college thesis. Getting to the point, I'd like to know if anyone else out there went through something similar. I'd like to hear from anyone who's either male, became anorexic at an unusually young age, and/or is suffering the health effects years later. Further, I'd like to know why you decided to stop eating (this question is open to anyone), as I'm trying to better understand my own motivation. What would prompt a healthy 10 year old boy to starve himself?