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Don't know what to think - December 1st 2012, 03:19 PM

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I know you guys aren't professionals, but I would like some help.

My eating habits are getting worse and worse every, single day. I can't go through one day without feeling guilty after I eat. I restrict my caloric intake, but I always end up bingeing. I started using diet pills and laxatives. I started to excessively exercise again. I weigh myself more than 5 times a day. If the number on the scale is up, then I would just burst out crying. However, if the number is down, then I am the happiest person in the world. I have started to pay more attention to my weight and body shape. I have paid more attention to food, my weight, fat, etc. now then I have in my entire life. I count calories and if I were given a piece of food, without knowing the calories in it, then I would probably not eat it. I rarely go to the cafeteria anymore because I hate to eat in front of people. I am afraid they will start to stare at me, stare at what I am eating, and start to call me fat.

My self-esteem and self-confidence are both extremely low. I absolutely hate my body because of all the fat. I have lost a lot of weight in the past 3 months, but I still see myself as fat. I wear baggy clothes to hide my body because I am so ashamed of it.

So, all I'm really asking is do you guys think I have an eating disorder or eating disorder-like habits that could eventually turn into an eating disorder?




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Re: Don't know what to think - December 1st 2012, 04:07 PM

Hey Cathy,

As you stated, since we're not professionals, we cannot diagnose you with an eating disorder. But in mu opinion, it sounds like you very well may have one. Just because you are not underweight does not mean that it is not important, most ED patients are of a normal.weight and very many are overweight.

Do you have anybody you can talk to about your feelings with your body, maybe a friend, or counselor? You should not allow yourself to suffer alone, walls are what got you to this place. Open up. Allow yourself to reach out to others and be vulnerable. Somebody needs to know in order for you to take the right steps toward recovery.

Next, find coping mechanisms that work for you that can distract you from the reoccuring thoughts or feelings and take steps toward body positivity. Get rid of or hide your scale. Throw out the diet pills. Burn your food diary. Stop reading any negative blogs or magazines online, better yet, block them. This can include things like Peopleagazine that continuously fat shame.

Last, surround yourself with a healthy support system. If that's not at home, PM your friends here on TeenHelp and think about joining a support group (maybe the Eating Disorder Recovery Cake party, we're fabulous.) Overall, open up, talk to a professional, and remember, you're not alone.

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Re: Don't know what to think - December 1st 2012, 04:11 PM

I'm currently seeing a counselor for my depression and I have mentioned to him about my eating problems and he gave me some resources and websites to look at. I'll try some of the suggestions you mentioned above.




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Re: Don't know what to think - December 1st 2012, 04:54 PM

I think that your behaviors are concerning. It's obviously not healthy to starve yourself and to abuse laxatives and diet pills. People who have disordered eating habits often times are obsessive in the ways in which you've described. I can't diagnose you, but that's honest something you need to discuss with your counselor. He can guide you in the direction that you need to be going to get healthy and happy. I do, however feel that you have disordered eating habits. Take that however you want, I can't officially say what I think you do or don't have.

I strongly feel that if you can feel good about yourself and love who you are, that you won't feel the need to engage in this behaviour. However, all these things take a lot of time. And it requires your best efforts. It's not a comfortable process, but it's worth it in the end. Because when it comes to ED's, you're never going to be happy. There are healthy ways to go about losing weight that will make you feel better all around. You're worth the happiness.

Keep staying in touch with your counselor about this. He can teach you healthy ways to go about things like that. He can also work with you on your self esteem and get ya feeling good about yourself! <3


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