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Dealing With an Eating Disorder

There are images of the perfect body bombarding us every day. Super models seem to get skinner by the second and movie stars just aren't popular unless they're waif-like. You may not think that these things are going to effect you that much but as one Kidzworld member found out, it's easy to find yourself dying to be thin.

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Nickname: Sarge04
Age: 17

I'm an athlete, and I've always felt the pressure to be fit and not fat. I watched what I ate, my friends said I was probably the healthiest one out of all of them, but every once and a while, I wouldn't feel that way. The pressure to be lean and muscular sometimes got me down, to the point where I felt I had to purge - throwing up food I ate - in order to feel like I was healthy and eating the proper amounts. I knew what bulimia was when I started purging, and I thought that since I knew what it was, I could stop anytime I wanted to. That wasn't the case - it became obsessive.

After nearly six months of purging, I realized that this wasn't the way I wanted to be fit. I didn't want to be fit by throwing up what I ate, I wanted to be fit by getting out on the field and working like the other girls did. I knew I had a problem, so I went online and I found some information about bulimia. Even though I was scared - I was about to pee my pants - I talked to my parents about going to see a counselor. I went to my school counselor and I was set up with this food journal, where I wrote down what I ate, and how I felt at the end of the day. I've now gotten to the point where I don't need to write in my journal anymore. I can eat what I want, without worrying what's going to happen to me.

I still have fat days, but hey, everyone does, so I don't let them get me down. For any of you out there who had a problem like me, don't be afraid to get help! Tell someone, even though it's really hard, it shows that you're a strong, confident person, which you are inside.

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What Is an Eating Disorder?

  • An obsession with food and weight.
  • An obsession with eating too many carbs.
  • A strange new diet.
  • Something you only hear about in the movies.

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"aftershock" wrote: "NicolletteA" wrote: no. and you sound like the marketing people that stop me at the mall.  :/ lol, I'm not, i just kno someone whos making a new app and wanted to see if any1 would use it.   BTW what do u say to the marketing people at the mall? No. I don't like those people at the mall. Sometimes, they ask my family and I (usually directed at my mom and sister, but sometimes at me, too. Even though I'm under 13. Not for long though.) if they want their hair done. And sometimes I'm so tempted to say, "No thank you. I did my hair today. Do you think I want it done?" But of course I never do. It's kinda disrespectful. So we just usually say No thank you. My mom, sister, and I now have a solution for that (my idea when I was maybe ages 9-11) Don't make eye contact with them and pretend that they aren't there.
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BookWorm86
This is GREAT advice! Thx a lot StephRox!:) I have a younger brother & he can be EXASPERATING at times lol! Great advice!!:D
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Family Issues:
My little brother is annoying as ever, but I have to handle him. He is my brother after all.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Family Issues:
@Sophieeee I definitely agree with you.
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Sophieeee
 Loosing a parent is hard, your dad knows that and I'm sure that he misses your mom just as much as you do. Whether you explain to him how you are feeling or not, you should know that your Dad will always love you and admitting to him how you feel isn't going to change that. Although it is completely understandable how you feel, you need to let your dad move one eventually. It's not fair to him if he has to spend the rest of his life alone. Even though you might not see it, its a good thin that your dad is finally feeling comfortable enough to date. It doesn't mean that he is letting go of your mom or that he will forget about her, it means that he is moving on with his life. You lost your mother and he lost the love of his life. Dating other people will probably start off being just as hard for him as it is for you. My advice is that you talk to your dad. Let him know how you feel in the most gentle and understanding way that you can. Don't flat out say that you don't want him dating anyone, tell him that you still miss your mom and its hard to see him with other people. Let me know how it goes, good luck. :)
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