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How do you deal with an ED when you need to lose weight? - August 3rd 2013, 05:28 AM

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I've put on a lot of weight in the last 6 months, largely as a result of binge eating. I used to exercise a considerable amount, and also purge, but have since stopped the purging behaviours and don't exercise as much as I used to.

Unfortunately the binge eating behaviour caught up with me and my BMI is now [EDITED], and my bodyfat percentage has gone way up.

My Mum knows I've been receiving treatment and counselling for an eating disorder, but we are both convinced if I lose [EDITED], I will be healthier and happier. It has become a competition between me and my parents to see who can lose the most weight, the fastest. (Im still absorbing Mum saying, with full knowledge of my ED struggles, 'alright, I'm going to go home and starve myself' - she lives interstate and has been visiting recently).

On the one hand, I feel relieved, as if I've been given full discretion and permission to go full bore into restrictive and bizzarre eating patterns all in the name of control and weightloss - and on the other, I'm terrified it will ruin my university study. Again.

I am hoping I am stronger and wiser this time around, but I'm not sure if I quite have enough knowledge to approach all this in a healthy manner, relatively speaking.

So, anyone have any advice on when you've dealt with an eating disorder yet genuinely need to lose weight?

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Re: How do you deal with an ED when you need to lose weight? - August 3rd 2013, 11:35 AM

The key is that you want to do it to feel healthy. Don't focus so much on a number, whether it be your weight or the calories in what you eat etc. Focus on eating the right things, the right amount, and living an active lifestyle. Since I've been in recovery from my own ED experience, I've also put on a bit of weight. I have not yet tried to lose any of it, but my best advice to you is to do it healthily, with the help of a doctor or nutritionist. Please don't go back to purging, and don't make it a competition. Becoming healthy should be a positive and gradual experience. Losing too much too fast just isn't healthy, as I'm sure you know.

It's going to be a tricky process since you've had problems with eating disorders in the past, but I do have faith that you can pull it off! Just remember the most important thing isn't the number, it's that you're healthy!

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