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Not sure if I have a disorder or not? - January 13th 2015, 09:44 AM

I keep skipping meals and I'm not sure how serious it is. I love food and love to eat but a lot I feel like punishing myself by not eating because I haven't earned it or something. Any ideas? help? is this a disorder or just me being weird?

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Re: Not sure if I have a disorder or not? - January 13th 2015, 05:48 PM

Hey there, so we can't actually confirm or diagnose you with an eating disorder because we aren't trained professionals.

It does sound as though you may have some unnecessary attitudes towards food. What you're describing to me is an attempt to control your food for reasons that maybe aren't as much about food as it is about who knows what. I've had similar difficulties where I feel like I can't allow myself to eat unless I am finished a certain assignment or like I shouldn't eat something else because I am fat and don't deserve it. Obviously it's an unhealthy ideal and we all shape it in different ways.

Have you thought about the reasons why you would be controlling your eating in such a way? Is it because you just ate 2 hours ago and now you're just bored and don't really need to snack just because you have nothing better to do? Is it because you are some how punishing yourself for something? Because there is a fine line between those questions. One way is healthier than the other.

If you're really struggling, you should consider counselling if that is within your means, but if that isn't within your means, then just look for stuff online because there are a lot of resources that will help you get a better idea of what is going on and hopefully help you understand how to process the thoughts on your own.

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