From one eating disorder to another?

Postby Elly_345 » Fri May 21, 2010 12:09 am

Hello everyone. My name is Elly I am 16 years old and I have stuggled with my weight ever since I was 7 - 10 years old. I had always been overweight but last April I decided I would lose my extra weight no matter what I had to do. By starving myself and over exercising I went from 150 pounds to 118 pounds and even though I physical felt weak and frail everyone seemed so glad that I was smaller that I lost even more weight and ended up at 113 pounds. (my bones where sticking out at this point.) Things were going alright for awhile and I was able to keep my weight down untill around January when my Exam stress and depression/anxiety got the best of me and I started getting into the habit of binge eating to comfort myself and de-stress. Right now, because of the being eating, I currently weight around 125. (I'm 5'1) I still exercise and eat foods that are healthy but I usually end up beinging on large amounts of food (basically,crackers, any kind of nut or fruits) untill I feel sick (and then I wait and eat even more) almost on a daily basis. I feel like I'm punishing myself by using food and even though my family says I look better at this weight I feel disgusted with myself. My 'skinny' clothes don't even fit me anymore. :cry: Does anyone have any advice on how I can break this vicious cycle that I always end up putting myself though? I tried of having this problem control my life.
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Postby Nigel » Fri May 21, 2010 11:52 am

Hi Elly,
Welcome to the forum :)

I had a good friend who had a great loathing of two particular words - so much so that we referred to them as the 'C' word and the 'M' word. To give you a hint if you haven't yet guessed. One starts with 'c' and ends with 'ompromise'; the other starts with 'm' and ends with 'oderation' ;)

I don't always like those words either, but I do know that it makes life a whole lot easier when we try to apply them. As I think you've discovered, doing things to excess rarely works for long.

As you say, the current binge eating behaviour (and it's not uncommon for a person to experience spells of over and under eating) seems to have been triggered by exam stress and depression/anxiety. So eating isn't really the problem at all.

Are you still at school now, and do they have a counselling service? That would be a good place to start because they know first hand the stress that a lot of young people face. Or a local youth centre, or even have a chat with your doctor. Anyone really who will understand and allow you to 'off-load' a bit.

And the previous restricting behaviour - while it's fine to aim for a normal healthy weight, when things start to get a bit out of control it's usually a sign of something much deeper.

Good luck with the exams, and remember... it is only an exam. Is it really a disaster if you don't pass them all? A bit of a set back - maybe. A disappointment - yes. But they can always be retaken again. Or maybe those subjects weren't really for you and there might be something better to study.

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