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    Old 11-21-2011, 12:33 PM   #1
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    I think I have an eating disorder

    I eat when I am hungry.
    In the summer I was tracking my calorie intake at anywhere from 500-1000 cals per day. I do not believe I am anorexic because I do not have a fear of gaining weight from eating, I just don't have much of an appetite. Sometimes the thought of food being in my mouth or being swallowed (varies) makes me feel gross.

    At 92 pounds (I am only 5 feet tall) I finished a cardio workout and after the first sip of my protein shake I felt weak and nauseated. Shortly after, I could not stop throwing up even at the point when there was NO food in my body. I ended up going to the hospital and they could not figure out what was wrong with me, just gave me a pill to reduce vomiting and sent me home. After spending about half an hour nibbling on a soda cracker (bc of the vomiting) my stomach finally began feeling better after 24 hours of vomiting with no food intake. -- other than SOME flattened gingerale and low acid apple juice.

    After that experience I realized that I have been confusing appetite and hunger. So although I was eating when I felt hungry, this was at the point of starvation. I didn't have an appetite but my body still required sustenance.

    I began eating more and now I achieve the proper calorie intake my size.. I eat a few times a day but I tend to eat a lot sometimes - some could consider this binge eating - but i never throw up!

    Prior to this summer of possibly being anorexic -- low calorie intake, eating when I have appetite - I would overeat and I feel that I am at this point again.
    The problem is that I cannot register when I am hungry - I can go all day then realize I need to eat something but no matter how much I eat I feel exactly the same.

     
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    Re: I think I have an eating disorder

    It is possible that subconsciously you're suppressing your appetite as a result of your ambivalent feelings about overeating. Consider talking to a counsellor from an eating disorder program, they may have experience with this sort of issue. It does sound possible that you need to talk through some of your anxieties around food.

     
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    Re: I think I have an eating disorder

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    I eat when I am hungry.
    In the summer I was tracking my calorie intake at anywhere from 500-1000 cals per day. I do not believe I am anorexic because I do not have a fear of gaining weight from eating, I just don't have much of an appetite. Sometimes the thought of food being in my mouth or being swallowed (varies) makes me feel gross.

    At 92 pounds (I am only 5 feet tall) I finished a cardio workout and after the first sip of my protein shake I felt weak and nauseated. Shortly after, I could not stop throwing up even at the point when there was NO food in my body. I ended up going to the hospital and they could not figure out what was wrong with me, just gave me a pill to reduce vomiting and sent me home. After spending about half an hour nibbling on a soda cracker (bc of the vomiting) my stomach finally began feeling better after 24 hours of vomiting with no food intake. -- other than SOME flattened gingerale and low acid apple juice.

    After that experience I realized that I have been confusing appetite and hunger. So although I was eating when I felt hungry, this was at the point of starvation. I didn't have an appetite but my body still required sustenance.

    I began eating more and now I achieve the proper calorie intake my size.. I eat a few times a day but I tend to eat a lot sometimes - some could consider this binge eating - but i never throw up!

    Prior to this summer of possibly being anorexic -- low calorie intake, eating when I have appetite - I would overeat and I feel that I am at this point again.
    The problem is that I cannot register when I am hungry - I can go all day then realize I need to eat something but no matter how much I eat I feel exactly the same.
    Try eating 6 small meals a day, that way you won't get that "full" feeling, and you will stay healthy. Stay away from diet food/drinks, it has been proven that they will make you gain weight, and they cause other problems.

    I suggest that you write down what you eat and make yourself a schedule for eating. If you don't start eating on a regular basis, not only will you lose weight, you will lose muscle, and if you continue this, your stomach will shrink and you won’t be able to eat. If you don't believe me, ask your doctor.

    If your weighing yourself more than a couple of times a month, then you need to get rid of your bathroom scale.

    hugs to you! I wish you the best!

     
    Old 11-29-2011, 02:17 PM   #4
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    Re: I think I have an eating disorder

    I do not own a scale. Weight does not matter to me; I care how I look and if I feel healthy. Also, one of my problems is that I don't get that full feeling.. that's why I binge. I either have no desire for food at all, or I can't be satisfied and continue eating expecting to get a full feeling. It varies.

     
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