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Dear Dish-It, I'm Recovering From Anorexia

Dear Dish-It,

I had anorexia and I still do but I'm getting better. Before I got it I was really obsessed with my weight. I wouldn't eat breakfast, at lunchtime I would give my lunch to my friends and at dinner I would have a couple spoonfuls of food. I felt tired all the time and I used to be in a whole bunch of sports but I quit because I was getting muscle and I thought it made me look fat. Then for four days, I ate nothing and at school I was feeling dizzy and then I fainted. The next thing I know I was in a hospital bed being told I have anorexia. I'm still ill. When I look back on what I did I realize how stupid I was and that everybody looks beautiful the way they are. I realize I already looked good before I got sick, so there was really no point of feeling miserable for eight months, looking even worse than I did before and risking my life.
sk8inggurl


Dear sk8inggurl,

Thanks for writing in and sharing your story. More and more young men and women today are being diagnosed with eating disorders. Many people get caught up in the weight obsession without even realizing it until it's too late. Whether peeps want to be skinnier, more muscular or look exactly like their fave TV star, body image plays a huge role in our everyday lives. It's important to surround yourself with positive images, messages and people. If you find yourself feeling discouraged about the way you look, you should talk to someone about it (a friend, family member or even a school counsellor). You'll probably find that everyone around you has had similar insecurities at some point.


It's not realistic to focus on looking like Paris Hilton, because she, and other Hollywood stars, are working out on a daily basis with personal trainers, going on crash diets and sometimes being [kwlink]very unhealthy[/kwlink]. As a growing teen, focusing on being healthy and happy is a better priority. We can't all look like movie stars, but we can feel good about ourselves. Eating right, exercising regularly and getting lots of rest is going to make you look and feel great. Take advice from sk8inggurl who's been there and learn to love your body!


So, ya gotta burnin' question? Need some love directions? Thinkin' 'bout stuff like depression, sex,how ya feel 'bout YOURSELF (that's called "self-esteem"), boyfriends, girlfriends, losin' old friends, bullyin' or peer pressure, but too scared to ask the parents? Don't be scared to .


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    bookwormlestrange
    I don't have ADHD, but I know plenty about it. One of my friends has ADHD and Tourette's, and the teachers were always turds about it. Anyway, i think that a good way to deal with ADHD acting up is either changing medication or trying to eat foods or drinks with caffeine. I'm not sure if it works for you, but a lot of people with ADHD have seen significant improvements after putting caffeine in their systems. If your friends are acting like turds, you need better friends. I hope my advice helps.
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    SmartSunnyShadow
    I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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    SmartSunnyShadow
    Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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    AnnaOfExquizurd
    Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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