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Are These Signs? - July 13th 2010, 06:39 PM

Alright, so when I was about eight I put myself on my first diet and managed to loose weight- ever since then I have been very cautious about what I do and do not eat and how much I consume a day. When I am stressed, I have a tenancy to forget to eat- so around school finals my food intake went down to about a bowl of cereal, a snack, and a small lunch. When school finals were over, I was still not getting hungry and was eating less and less each day. So, now for the past month or so I have been eating only one meal a day and a few snacks- if I even try to eat any more than that my body cannot take it.

A few days ago, I was surfing youtube and came across a series of videos about anorexia and began to really watch them. I heard some peoples stories, too, and could relate to some of the things that they say... well for the past few years my mom has been telling me that I am getting thinner and that she's worried about me having an eating disorder. I usually just brushed this off as an over reaction.

Anyways- more to the point- after watching those videos, each time I walk by a mirror I have been studying my reflection, trying to figure out if I am thin or not... and sometimes I looked at the mirror and zoned out into thought, then looked at my body again and saw places where I am too thin. Looking at my body and then my reflection again, all I could see was my body and the places where I am fat.

Is this normal? or is this some kind of sign or insight that I am having? This has really been bothering me and I thought that I might be able to ask you guys.

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Re: Are These Signs? - July 13th 2010, 06:59 PM

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I would definitely watch out for any further signs because from what you described above, there are definitely some alerting points or starting actions that can lead to an eating disorder. If you walk past a mirror and see if you're thin, say something good about yourself, and compliment how you look. Don't let things get too far. Please be sure to consume enough food each day.

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Re: Are These Signs? - July 14th 2010, 02:28 AM

Your mom might have a point in being worried. Try to feel good about yourself in the mirror instead of critizing it. Look at the national food pyramid guide to see is what you are eating is enough nutrition for your body. If you aren't hungry, eat tiny meals frequently to make sure you get enough to eat, even if you're never hungry enough for a big meal. Maybe you can cook something new different, and that will make you want to eat. Go out to a nice resturaunt.
And you said something about stress, so try to relax.
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Re: Are These Signs? - July 16th 2010, 02:15 AM

If your mum is worried, she probably has a good reason. Eating one meal a day isn't good for you, or enough food for your body. If you think there might be something wrong, then there probably is. Try talking to your mum, and see if she can help you, or if you can see your doctor. Your doctor can tell you what a good weight for you would be, and whether maybe your eating is caused by stress. A lot of people don't eat, or over eat, when they are stressed. If you get stressed, try writing, taking a warm bath, meditating, anything that you find relaxing to de-stress.

Just hang in there, and try to take care of yourself. If you need anything, feel free to pm me.

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