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Not sure what to think - September 11th 2010, 05:36 AM

So, for years I've wanted to lose a bunch of weight and I've...never gotten around to it. And since being in college I've been eating a little less than "normal" and one of my friends, who knows a little about this stuff, replied one day (we were texting) "You do realize you are saying exactly what someone with an eating disorder would say right" and I don't know. I mean, I don't think I have one. I'm still eating, and I'm not doing anything to force food back out. I'm just eating a little less. But I keep thinking about what she said, and maybe I'm heading that way? I don't know.



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Re: Not sure what to think - September 11th 2010, 05:46 PM

Hey Keena,

So, we can't totally diagnose you with an eating disorder, as you know. But, if your friend is worried, and you're worried, then that's probably a good reason to keep an eye out.

Some things you can do:
Monitor your eating habits--are you eating when you're hungry and stopping when you're full? Are you eating several meals and several snacks a day?

Monitor your exercise habits--are you overexercising at all?

Monitor your thoughts--are you telling yourself that you're fat or ugly? Are you spending a lot of time thinking about your body?

Keep an eye out for those things--and be very mindful of how you're doing. It's all about self-awareness, so the more you understand about your behaviors and thoughts, the better.

Take care of yourself!




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Smile Re: Not sure what to think - September 11th 2010, 10:28 PM

[font="Comic Sans MS"][size="4"][b]Hey there

There can be many different indicators of eating disorders
so to pin point one would be a tough task an also from expercince she may be worried about you and was not sure how to say it all !!!!

And we can't here be able to diganose because we are not there with you nor do we do not know your personal history an health as much as someone closer to you like family !!! So that makes it alot of guess work

And as to wondering whether you do I would suggest talking to your family an seeing if they see signs of disordered eating or unhealthy habits around weight and also talk to your friend to ask her maybe what has came about that made her wonder if you have an eating disorder and keep track of your eating habits an weight for a few weeks!!!

And that should be helpful if not then last resort ask your doctor if she has any reason she beileives you have an eating disorder an present her with the facts when you talk to her cause she can help you to dephifer if you should get an Ed assement
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Re: Not sure what to think - September 12th 2010, 10:28 PM

I know I don't actually have one, I'm just afraid that I might develop one. For years I've had horrible body issues, thinking I'm not skinny enough. I know that isn't true, but some days are really bad. And I was not eating enough at all for a while, then I was okay, and now I'm back to not eating much.
I already know her reasons for thinking that, and I can see why she'd say it. I was going to try to see her this weekend but I got killed with homework. I can't tell my family, but I'd consider my school's counseling center once I turn 18.
I feel silly going though, if I know I don't have an eating disorder.



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