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Question not sure - May 11th 2013, 09:48 PM

ok so i'm not skinny or anything and that's why i don't think that this can be a ED. but im obsessed over my weight and that it needs to be a certain number, and i when i eat i hate myself and run around or walk. sometimes i don't eat at all. and then other times i eat alot, but i feel sick, like mentally sick and i hate myself for it and i feel icky and disgusting, im not really sure when all this started i just dont want to eat, because if i eat i put on weight and i dont know.
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Re: not sure - May 12th 2013, 01:34 PM

Well I can't diagnose anything but it sure sounds like you are heading in the wrong direction. It is not worth it hun! There is nothing wrong with going for walks and runs but try to make sure you do it for the right reasons. Exercise is supposed to be fun! You're supposed to do it to stay healthy and strong. Eating is just a part of life. You won't put on weight if you're eating healthily. I would suggest talking with someone about what you're going through. I kept my eating disorder secret for a long time until I finally came out and told someone. It got so much better. I don't feel so alone anymore.

Get this sorted out, okay? It isn't healthy to be thinking those thoughts.

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Re: not sure - May 14th 2013, 06:41 AM

Hey Courtney,

Welcome to TeenHelp! I'm glad you're reaching out for help.

See, eating disorders are sneaky. On television, they always show it as the already skinny girl who "sees herself as fat" and starves herself. This isn't always as eating disorders are. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are typically the only eating disorders that you ever see portrayed, but there are many other eating disorders besides these two and they are JUST as serious.

If you are struggling with any negative feelings, regardless if it's an eating disorder or not, you should reach out. You don't have to be miserable; you DESERVE to be happy! So reach out to somebody, possibly an adult you trust, and get yourself help. Talk about what has driven you to this point of fearing food and obsessing about being a certain weight. There are also often other issues, such as self-harm or anxiety, associated with these behaviors, so it'd be good to talk about it to somebody.

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Re: not sure - May 14th 2013, 02:42 PM

Hey there, I'm sorry that this is something you're having to go through.

Honestly, eating should never be a negative thing. Eating is necessary to live, and to be happy. I know it seems odd, but not eating can make you easily irritated and depressed, as you aren't getting what your body needs. Certain foods fuel the body in different ways. The point is, food isn't an option, privaledge, etc. It's vital. It's a part of living. Because what will happen, should you continue on in this behaviour, is you'll eassentially waste away in mind, body, and spirit. This never ends well.

As far as having an eating disorder. We can't diagnose you, and you wouldn't want us to try. But let me put it to you this way, obsession ovr anything (other than glitter ) isn't good. Too much of one thing isn't good. Looking at something in a negative perspective shows that the mindset is unhealthy. Taking things to an extreme is a clear cut indication that something isn't right.

Losing weight is hard. So many people are obsessed with dieting. And ED's are somewhat a common thing. But despite what the media is telling us, ED's are not weight specific. Let me quote something an ED specialist said to me:

"Absolutely your behaviour is cause for concern. Here are things that are red flags for me as an eating disorder specialist-- you are exhibiting many of the physical symptoms of anorexia even though your weight is not that of an anorexic. Doesn't make any difference-- it's all about behaviousrs and not the number on the scale."

That comes from someone who knows exactly what they're talking about. You need to seek help before this turns into something you can't get out of. You don't want this. You really don't. It's not fun. It's not something I enjoy. There are healthier ways in which you can lose weight. It doesn't have to be like this. Do you have people you can talk to who can help? It's important that you don't do this alone. Take good care of yourself. You're worth more than this <3

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Re: not sure - May 16th 2013, 09:59 PM

Eating shouldn't make you feel that horrible. Eating disorders can be challenging because, like it's been said, the media often shows it a certain way. The media has a warped view on who's overweight and who's not and they show people looking in mirrors who are to thin but look obese in the frame which isn't quite how the perception works, it might for some people but it gives the allusion that only super thin girls have eating disorders without demonstrating what they looked like BEFORE the eating disorder got them to that point, it's more then just a bunch of physical symptoms, there is a lot about mentality that affects people who have eating disorders, it's usually just the physical stuff that others are going to notice.
I am not in a position to be able to diagnose you but it definitely sounds like what ever is going on is not the right direction. It would be greatly beneficial if you speak to someone who can help you out . Eating isn't a bad thing, I wouldn't recommend living on kraft dinner but a healthy well rounded diet will help you maintain a healthy weight.

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