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He knows - June 4th 2010, 07:56 PM

So my dad, has been catching on the fact that I have an eating disorder. He confroted me about it yesterday in counseling. He was like I just don't understand. I am not sure there is a way to make him understand. I just grr. I didn't want him to know I got exazactly the response out of him that I knew I would( I didnt want this response.) The entire way home he was talking to my brother saying how he was going to force me to eat food because I am anorexic!! I am not anorexic and I told him so, he said fine your bulimic. Ugh why do I have to labeled. I know I have a problem, I know I am bulimic I know I have an eating disorder, But why do I have to be labeled bulimic. GRRR! At least when he didn't know I didn't have to feel so inferrior.

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Re: He knows - June 4th 2010, 08:48 PM

I'm sorry you're so frustrated. It can be really hard when parents get involved! I just want to throw out another viewpoint--remember, your father might not have much knowledge about EDs. So, within the small knowledge he has, he might think that all people with EDs fit nicely and neatly into one diagnosis or the other. So YOU can actually educate him about this, to help him understand. He probably isn't labeling you to irritate you--he's just doing what he can to understand it. Maybe give it a little time to cool off, because of course you're upset, and then explain a bit about eating disorders to him, so that he can be more on the same page. You know?

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Re: He knows - June 7th 2010, 05:23 AM

Hey Trish,

I know it can be hard when parents get involved, but try to remember that he is trying to help you, in the best way he can. Maybe you could try printing off some information of eating disorders for him, and giving them to him to read. You could also try telling him that you don't want to be labeled. Tell him how he can help you, so he's not trying and fumbling on his own.

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