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Old 10-20-2010, 09:04 PM   #1
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Is this normal? Worried

Hi. I have always had a really weird relationship with food and I feel like I really overdid it today. Please tell me if this is technically "overeating" (note that I am a 5'2 105ish pound female). I ate:

1 Everything Bagel (280 cals plus 70 for the creme cheese, so 350)
1 box of raisins (130 cals)
1 banana (100 cals)
Tortilla chips and hummus (250ish)
Some grilled chicken bites (50)
1 small small pork chop (150 tops)
1 piece of bread (110)
1 cookie (probs 160ish)

...which all adds up to about 1300. I know technically that isn't too much, but I just honestly feel so disgusted with myself for eating that much, and I told myself I just wouldn't have the porkchops, bread, and cookie because I wasn't even hungry, but my mom has been sort of on my case so I just ate dinner anyway. But now I feel so gross and like I'm going to gain weight from all the carbs and then the cookie after dinner :/ Is it unusual for me to feel this guilty about that amount? I have a school dance on Saturday so I might have to cut back a little for tomorrow. Please tell me if this is just normal high school teenage behavior? I really think it is but my mom has been worried so I thought it would be worth asking.

 
Old 10-20-2010, 09:29 PM   #2
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Re: Is this normal? Worried

Hi there

I'm a 21 year old at pretty much the exact same height and weight you are
As teenage girls are still going through brain, bone, and sexual development (even if you think you're done growing), they need a lot more calories than you'd expect. For your height and weight your caloric intake should be around 1800 calories a day, so a day of around 1300 calories is definitely not overeating.

My mom was and is the same way about my eating habits. She'd always chime in with things like "are you sure you're hungry?", "didn't you just eat?", and "don't eat just because you're bored", which can be hard to hear.

I'm assuming you're quite healthy so if taking in an extra 500 calories a day seems overwhelming, just ignore calories and eat what feels right. Our bodies are very smart and if we listened to them more often we'd be just fine

Hope this helps! If you have any other questions I'm here to listen and offer any advice I can.

 
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:56 PM   #3
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Re: Is this normal? Worried

At 5'2" 105 pounds, you are barely above the threshold between underweight and normal weight. Being underweight is unhealthy, so you should not be restricting calories (and a normal growing high school teenager typically needs more than 1300 per day).

Indeed, you may want to increase calorie and protein intake to move away from the underweight threshold; it is best to combine that with resistance exercise so that you will gain muscle weight.

As far as dietary choices go, for good health, you'll want to include some vegetables in your diet and choose higher fiber carbohydrates over the sugars and refined carbohydrates that seem to make up most of your diet. Also, consider some healthier fats from sources like nuts, avocados, and fish.

If you still feel afraid of gaining weight despite being very close to being underweight, you may want to get professional help (e.g. your doctor) to avoid falling into an eating disorder (which is what your mother may be concerned about).

 
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Sorry, I disagree (Seeing as I'm the same height and weight...)

5'2" and 105 adds up to a BMI of 19.2, which is quite healthy.

 
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5'2" and 105 adds up to a BMI of 19.2, which is quite healthy.
That is very close to the underweight threshold, which is usually given as BMI of 18.5 or 19. Meaning that if the original poster lost weight by restricting calories, she could easily fall into the underweight range, which is unhealthy.

 
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