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I saw a 60 Minutes segment tonight about a group of about 200 young girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria for going to school.  They were held for three years and endured terrible conditions including beatings and very little food.  Many reported eating grass to live and they showed that after three years of captivity, about 100 of the girls were rescued and the video footage showed them to look emaciated.  The other half the girls are still, presumably, still in horrendous circumstances (or perhaps they have converted religious as their captors required) and are no longer subjected to such bad condition. 

In watching the news over the past few years, since I've become EDucated, from time to time there are similar stories of people enduring starvation for a variety of reasons.  

I am wondering if researchers track these people, who suffer prolonged starvation, in any way?  For example, these Nigerian girls who were released, are clearly still suffering psychologically from their abusive conditions, and obviously I would not want them further traumatized or exploited in any way --- but, they are living together in a special school where they are the only students.  They live there nearly year-round and are under the supervision of educators and therapists and presumably doctors.  It seems like tracking their weight and eating and behaviors, could possibly be done without further trauma to them.  It would be interesting to see if they had any of the same changes as the Minnesota subjects upon being refed.  At some point some of them might even be willing to discuss the time of starvation, but of course that would have to be very much their choice on whether and when they shared any of their perceptions of that. 
Mom of either pre-diagnosis or non-ed underweight 12 yoa (as of March 2018) kid here to learn how to achieve weight gain.  BMI steadily in the mid 12's for nearly her entire life.  Born 2006. UPDATE:  April 2018 diagnosed ARFID, based solely on weight being less than 75% of Ideal Body Weight.  Mildly picky, but mostly the problem is a volume/early satiety issue, along with abdominal discomfort and chronic constipation, all present since birth.  UPDATE:  July 2019 diagnosed with PANS. Dr. said likely started first PANS episode at less than 1 or 2 years of age.  On long-term daily prophylactic antibiotics. BMI now about 16 after period of intense refeeding prior to PANS dx,  followed by stagnation as we sort out what is next. FWIW ED-D is a fraternal twin and we have no other kids.
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ValentinaGermania
I think you will not find much else than the Minnesota Starvation project because you cannot compared situations like that in Nigeria with a controlled University study and you might not find other evidence based studies because today that would probably not be possible anymore due to ethical standards.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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mjkz
Yeah, I can guarantee you that the Internal Review Boards and Ethics committees of any civilized country is never going to allow that.  There are studies from WWII about refeeding those in concentration camps.  In fact that was where we first learned of refeeding syndrome.  When the camps were liberated, the soldiers gave whatever food they had to the people in the camps and all of a sudden they started dying.  There have been many cases of genocide in lots of third world countries but no researchers around to study what happens.
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