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Unhappy Over-Eating - August 4th 2013, 05:12 AM

Hey guys,
So I'm not really sure what this problem is, or if it's even considered an eating disorder. Basically, I eat constantly (every 45 minutes, sometimes less), but I'm constantly hungry. I end up eating so much throughout the day, then I feel bad at night because I ate so much. I've become overweight (according to BMI), and so now I go through periods of constant over-eating, then skipping meals or trying to exercise 24/7.
What really hurt is that my mom and I were in the car today and she said something about, "This winter you got super skinny and we thought you looked so good, I mean, you looked anorexic to everyone, you were so skinny. Now you eat all the time and I don't know how you're not bigger than you are!" She didn't mean it in a mean way, just commenting about my constant eating, but it hurt me a lot because I've struggled with my weight since childhood. I try to lose weight, but it just never works. I have a lot of trouble losing.
The thing is, I'm not eating a bunch of junk food either. I have a vegan diet, drink tons of water, and hardly eat fast food. I'm just...chunky. I don't understand why I can't lose weight and be healthy; it's really ruining my self-esteem and pushing me into eating disorder like behavior, which brings me back to my whole over-eating-then-fasting issue. Is this an eating disorder? Why do I do this? It's an ineffective struggle...

I just need help. My self-esteem is non-existent, my weight is increasing, and I feel unhealthy. Someone, please help?
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Re: Over-Eating - August 4th 2013, 05:19 PM

Hey there, I'm sorry to hear that this is such a struggle for you. I don't think it's defined as an eating disorder (the requirements have changed and I haven't looked at them yet), but you're right that it could potentially lead to one. I think you're the only one who can figure out why you do it, even when you know it doesn't work. BMI is not the best measure of health, it's just one tool you can use. People are all different shapes and sizes, your weight isn't the only indicator of health.

I'm sorry that your self-esteem is dependent on your size, I hate to see when people let weight and numbers define them. Aim for health and remember that your physical size doesn't define you.

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