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Dealing With an Eating Disorder

Did you know that close to eight million Americans suffer from an eating disorder?
Eating Disorders

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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12co9neo

12co9neo wrote:

I don't think this is bulimia. It's definitely an eating disorder but bulimics binge be...
commented: Mon Jul 08, 2013

uiophjkl25

uiophjkl25 wrote:

You know what people, i don't think i have a eating disorder but people sometimes say ...
commented: Tue Dec 18, 2012

kaylaloveeu_2236160
yerp people need food to eat not to act like its the end of the world and ur gonna die
commented: Tue Dec 18, 2012

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reply about 5 hours
InternetOwl
What part of it are you scared of? Is it eating in public and around other people, or just eating in general?  What it might be, if it's eating in public you don't like, is social anxiety, or social phobia. You should ask your doctor to check, because if it is, they can offer you ways to help. For instance, they might recommend therapists or group sessions to help ease your fear.  Even if it's just a phobia or, in unlikelier circumstances, an eating disorder, you should still go to your doctor or a therapist so you can try to overcome it. Try doing things that calm you down before these situations as well, like exercise, reading or listening to music (I'm not sure what relaxes you but sometimes these help). Also, you should try to slowly get used to the situations. So don't force yourself to eat straight away when you're out, but slowly start doing so whenever your comfortable with doing so. Unlike your mum wants, you can't just "stop" being scared because that's not how it works.  But right now, please don't force yourself into any of these situations. It's not good for your mental health to be forced to face a phobia of yours often. 
reply about 6 hours
ElfyKathy
Dear Dish-It, Within the last few years I have felt a bit sick and shaky when we go out to eat. It's not so bad when it's a carvery lunch or something at a pub, but settling down for a chocolate brownie and a milkshake shakes me up. Don't get me wrong, I love going out with Mum, but it's just sitting down and taking a bite. I want to chuck it in the bin. I love eating brownies and stuff at home and I'm pretty healthy. But I refuse to go to the town before lunch in fear. Mum told me I got to stop this or I'm going to develop a terrible phobia.  Please help! ElfyKathy, worried
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NianiNaturallyNerdy3
She isn't jealous she is just dissappointed that you chose to get lessons when she did to get better . She had to get better to catch up to you so you can enjoyher as your best friend. Then you went ahead and got lessons as if you needed them. She is just upset that you showed off a talent that she didn't have. And she tried to get better to impress you but you got better as well. Which kept her at the stage she will always be at my best friend sings way betyer than me but I try. 
reply about 7 hours
NianiNaturallyNerdy3
It may be hard but break it down to them we aren't friends but we can be associates. It may leave them a bit dissappointed but tell them we aren't in the same category to be as close as friends. 
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