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Old 01-19-09, 09:44 AM   #1
 
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Ok, I've been away from TTL for quite awhile. It's not eating disorders that brings me back today, but in an effort to get my mind off things I'm going to rant about perceptions of eating disorders.

People get zoned in to thinking that only people with anorexia or bulimia have eating disorders. It's just not true. Many people have eating disorders and they don't fall into these neat little groups. Many people have particular food obsessions, eating, or not eating, specific items. I'm not one of them. I DO have an eating disorder though, and it took me years to see it, simply because I'm NOT anorexic or bulimic.

I'm slightly overweight,and short, so a little goes a long way. My weight fluctuates, wildly, extremely, and rapidly. I can be overweight one month, and underweight the next. I eat ENTIRELY low fat, low sugar, high fibre foods. I eat PILES of veggies, I try almost every new food trend out there (pomegranates SUCK by the way, and soy is bad for me). I excercise, I have a physical job. I have SIX different kinds of diet pills in my house. I'm not anorexic, I rarely starve myself, though I obssessively count calories, inspect ingredients. I'm not bulimic, I don't binge, I can't throw up. However, my life revolves around my weight and my food and my body.

I have ZERO concept of how I look. I see pictures of myself in the past and think "well, I look cute and thin there" but yet I know that at the time I was obsessing over looking fat. I ALWAYS think I'm fatter now than I was then. Regardless of how true it is.

I'm constantly amazed by how different I'm treated dependant on my weight. I loathe people for acting like that.

I have never been diagnosed, I will never recieve any kind of treatment, I will never have hope, simply because I don't have a disorder they can put a name on.


But I wanted to say, if you're out there, and you feel like this, at least now you know you aren't alone.
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I'm slightly overweight,and short, so a little goes a long way. My weight fluctuates, wildly, extremely, and rapidly. I can be overweight one month, and underweight the next.
hi. :)
just out of curiousity, what's the range? like 5 pounds? 10?
i agree, you don't have to be anorexic or bulemic to have eating problems. seeing as you've never been diagnosed, maybe you should. it may be linked to something else, like obsessive compulsive disorder or something? but you'd need a professional to evaluate you, i'm just wondering if it is related.
let us know how you do with it :)
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well, it's "usually" 30lbs...like this month for instance, i'm about 30lbs up from last month. but it can be as much as 80lbs...
EDIT: NOT 80lbs over a month though

i have some ocd behaviours for sure, i don't think this is one of them. if anything i'd say that my weight is due to a hormone problem, but it's my state-of-mind that bothers me. my total preoccupation with it, my inability to control it.

i'm done with doctors, officially. they suck.

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my goodness! 30 pounds in a month? as much as 80 pounds?!? eating good food?
what have u done with the doctors about this so far? why are u done with them?
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i've had a LOT of bad experiences with doctors. and its close to impossible to get a doctor here right now anyway. an it's impossible to get a specialist without a GP.
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u can't get a gp?
sounds like u really need a physical :(
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i probably do yes, but i don't put much faith in medical doctors anyway, even if i saw them, i wouldn't get any answers anyway
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How long has this been going on? (Sorry if you mentioned that in your first post.)
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nope, i didn't

15 yrs or so
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Oh my. That's quite a long time.

I wouldn't give up hope. You never should. I know it's hard to have faith in medical doctors (I sometimes don't either - like now) but you should never give up. There's one doctor out there who could give you answers; there always is. Not to mention, we're here for you no matter what happens.
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