Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Do I have an eating disorder?

I think I am a little on the chubby side but most people say I look anorexic. Most of the time I skip out on breakfast which a lot of people do but I barely touch my lunch. It is just a pick fest. I don't exactly eat what you would call a supper every night, sometimes I don't eat because my mom will not cook for me (long story). So I usually eat a whole bag of popcorn at exactly nine o clock and go to bed. Today I had breakfast for the first time in a long time but my mom wasn't going to be able to make lunch so I baked 24 chocolate chip cookies and ate about 2 of them in the course of an hour and a half. I was planning on having supper with my mom tonight but things came up with her and I just told her to forget about it. She offered to get me Subway or Mcdonalds but I refused. Now I probably won't eat untill nine o clock tonight with my bag of popcorn. Then today will repeat itself tomorrow. Sometimes I don't eat because I feel sad, maybe I just have weird eating habits.Do I have an eating disorder?
Hi Sweetie Pie!

First off - props to you for even thinking about this, being concerned about your behavior and seeking out information. For some people just this step alone is very difficult!

Secondly - I have some serious questions to ask of you. How old are you? How much do you weigh and how tall are you? Is your mom a single mom? Does she drink or use drugs? Are there other family members that live with you? Do you have a guidance counselor or a teacher/ professor you feel comfortable talking to? I am asking because it sounds very much to me like this isn't about eating. Sounds to me like something serious is going on between you and your mom - or just with your mom and its affecting you.

Your old enough to use the computer so your old enough to use a microwave and there alot of healthy things that can be cooked in a microwave (veggies, lean cuisine frozen dinners and stuff). But then - this really doesn't seem to be about eating. Sounds to me like you are wanting your mom's attention and for some reason she is unable to give it to you the way that you want it. Please do me one favor - don't let this get acted out through your eating!! Anorexia is a VERY serious mental illness and it literally KILLS 20% of the people who suffer from it. That's one out every five people with anorexia. Whatever is going on at home - your right, it's probably pretty bad and seriously in need of some attention and help. You DO have the power, no matter how old or young you are - to get the help you need without trying to control a bad situation through restricting your intake of food. Please talk to an adult that you trust and feel like you can really talk to about whatever is going on at home with your mom and you.

To answer your original question " do i have an eating disorder?" You did not give us enough information to give a firm yes or no.

I wish you the best and if you really need help because you don't trust an adult please call the National Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-448-4663. You can take care of this!!

I suggest seeing a marriage and family therapist in your area. You can find one in your area by going to the website and clicking on therapistfinder.

You can read more about me if you go to and click on Board members. My name is Lisa

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Do I have an eating disorder?
I think you have unusual eating habits rather than anorexia. Anorexia is a very dehabilitating disorder- an complete obsession with food and weight, and an irrational reaction to it. People with anorexia are disgusted with themselves and the food they should ingest.

Firstly, people shouldn't say you look anorexic- they is completely offensive to you. Try to eat more healthily, you're just filling your body with salt and sugar and you'll end up quite ill. I don't know how old you are, so I can't say whether your mother is being irresponsible, but you seem pretty on board, so I think you should start sorting out your own healthy and nutritious meals. Also, drink plenty of water, especially now to flush out the high toxins you probably have in your body through eating so much sugar and salt.

Welldone for reaching out and asking for some advice.
It's okay to eat little if you keep your body stocked up on vitamins and nutrians. most of these are provided at breakfast in cerial and milk.It is not an eating disorder but I would suggest taking a daily multi-vitamin so there are not any bad affects on your health from your poor eating habits.
Sounds like obsessive compulsive almost. It also sounds like you're sad...which can lead to a lack of appetite. Just remember that every time you're skipping a meal, your body stores more of the next meal you take in because it goes into starvation mode. The best thing to do is to eat 3 small meals and snacks in between those...that helps keep your metabolism up!!
hey hun! i suffered from an e.d. and that was kindof ow it started. you might be ok right now but i would FOR SURE get some help with that before it gets bigger and harder to control.
Well, it does sound like you could eat more. But you definetely don't have an eating disorder. Next time your mom offers you fast food, take it. Even if you don't want "fat, greasy food" you could still eat. Especially since SubWay has that new fitness meal. And at McDonald's you can get salads. Start eating breakfast, and lunch, even if it consists of something small like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And don't just eat popcorn at night. Eat a meal. If your mom won't cook for you, try to whip something up yourself.

I do hope that helps you.

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