Originally posted by alternateheaven
the rule of thumb is three i blieve, 3 minutes without oxygen, three days without water and 3 weeks without food.
Death from not eating in 100% starvation comes from lack of necessary vitamins/minerals, causing rapid deficiencies, and electrolyte imbalances - not
from the body eating itself. With enough water, salts, and vitamins, even on a negligible amount of calories (say, under 10, to account for a vitamin
pill etc.) an average human can survive more like three MONTHS without food, perhaps even longer if there was more body tissue to start with.
Someone who starves for long periods of time frequently also will have a more rapid metabolic adjustment to having too little food, meaning metabolism
drops faster and they conserve energy better, so it would theoretically be possible to survive without food, provided enough minerals etc. are
provided, for several months or perhaps up to a year, if pre-existing conditions aligned just right.
A decade is ridiculous, though. She had to have some alternate source of nutrition - perhaps by fasting she only consumed liquids, or something.