Anorexia

United States
November 22, 2006 8:03pm CST
Has anyone here ever had or knows someone who is anorexic. Or has any other eating disorder. What do you think of this disease. What do you think emotionally causes this to happen to a person.
9 responses
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
23 Nov 06
i don't know how you would classify this eating disorder: i have a tendency to overeat, and then i feel guilty about it. it couldn't be bulimia cause i don't vomit or anything like that. i just feel guilty and wish i haven't eaten that much at all.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
25 Nov 06
I forgot the name for that, but there is one where people overeat and it is almost identical to bulimia, except that they do not purge. It might be called Binge Eating Disorder?
• United States
25 Nov 06
I know there is something called bulimarexic, where they binge and then dont eat.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Yeah, that's basically just when the symptoms of bulimia and anorexia overlap. I was reading something today about how when bulimia was recognized as a separate disease, there was a huge debate about whether or not it was truly it's own separate issue. I think that it is though, even if there are overlaps.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
25 Nov 06
I am a recovering anorexic (no one is ever cured really). I think influences of society greatly trigger it, but for me I did not care about looking like a model so much until my mom was so mad at me for being chubby and so happy everytime I lost weight. I also think sometimes it can cover up other issues. I wanted my parents to accept me because I didn't accept myself. After I came out of the closet, my eating disorder basically went away and I haven't had to deal with it again since.
• United States
25 Nov 06
The influences of society were not an influence for me either. But there were a lot of personal remarks from parents and friends that I remember from a young age that contributed to my eating disorder. Now I do get angry with the way society expects us to be, only because of all the people who suffer from this. Mine was forced to go away when I got pregnant at 16. But yes its true, eating disorders are just like any disease or addiction, they dont go away.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
25 Nov 06
So many people in family have eating disorders. It seems like they are just too focused on pushing people towards it. I think you have to have multiple factors to have a problem. But I find it sickening that my 9 year old cousin is already anorexic. Thankfully, her mom is sending her to therapy. My parents didn't believe I was sick, they just said I looked great. I had to go to therapy on my own.
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
Do you mind sharing what you did during recovery? What helped you?
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
19 Dec 06
I am a recovering anorexic for a couple years now. I think it is a horrible disease. I think you need a lot of outside issues for it to result. For me, things that looking back, likely caused it (some things that even my therapist didn't know about): - My mom always told me when I was growing up if other people were fat or if I was. So did my relatives. - I was frustrated for years that I could not make myself like guys, so the relationship part of my life was missing. My friends contribute me coming out to myself as a lesbian as fixing my eating disorder more than therapy did. - People say it's a control thing, and I suppose there is some truth to that. I felt like I couldn't control where I lived, where I went to school, what classes and professors I got, but that wasn't the entire thing. So I guess the short answer is, you need a variety of things to happen to cause this disorder. I'm not even the type of person to give a crap how I look, and I was affected.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Right now I am laughing so hard at myself for not realizing this was an old thread I already replied to! Oh well, I guess that's a more detailed reply although basically with the same gist as the first one. ;) Too funny. I obviously do need to go to sleep.
• France
19 Dec 06
Well...I'm a bulimiarexic girl (sorry if my english translation is not the best for this word, i'm not anglophone), so it means there are periods when i'm bulimic and there are ones when i'm anorexic...for 15 years now..actually it's more than the half of my life..the causes? plenty of them but the main factor is the family. I can tell you all something: i will b never cured. Now I'm in a good period, can say, a lot of times I can resist to myself but not all the time.Anyway I never was fat, I don't want to look like a model but above all I never want to take anymore anykind of psyho pils. And I just hope that I can be the winner day by day in a fight against myself
@IoneS57 (318)
• United States
25 Nov 06
Anorexia affects the whole body. - Anorxia health chart
No, I don't know anyone with anorexia. But the question I;d like to ask is... Do men ever suffer from anorexia, or is this just a "social" disease (so to speak) for women? I guess what I'm saying is, that, society pressures women so much, they develop psychological disorders, like anorexia. And yet I;ve never heard of a man with that disease, have you?
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
25 Nov 06
Yes, men can suffer from this disease as well, but it is far more rare in men.
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
23 Nov 06
i don't know how you would classify this eating disorder: i have a tendency to overeat, and then i feel guilty about it. it couldn't be bulimia cause i don't vomit or anything like that. i just feel guilty and wish i haven't eaten that much at all.
• United States
23 Nov 06
I dont know what that would be classified as either. I do know that many many people do the exact same thing though.
21 Mar 07
I have anorexia. I've been bullied for a while..first for wearing short skirts (basically being a s**t but mylot wont let me type that) and now for being "emo" and "goth". I dont have any frinds my own age (12) but im friends with 13 and 14 years old. My most recent boyfriend was 15.. . Because of this vicious bullying i now have the eating disorder that killed my cousin. I'm size zero with a fourteen inch waist. im just over 6 stone which is about 84 pounds or 38 kilos. I never eat and all my friends are worried about me. I hate this. its taking me over. i look like a skeleton wrapped in skin.=[
@wiccan (348)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
often it is caused by physical or emotional abuse in childhood. the media is responsible for promoting a waif body image for females and young girls have this shoved at them from an early age
@jules99 (20)
19 Dec 06
I have always been overweight and from a very early age I was also told by my parents that I was too fat and needed to lose weight. I became bulimic when I was around 17, but only to stop me putting on too much weight. I was still always slightly overweight, even with the eating disorder. Emotionally I presume it is normally due to the pressures of other peoples' opinions of you.
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
23 Nov 06
i don't know how you would classify this eating disorder: i have a tendency to overeat, and then i feel guilty about it. it couldn't be bulimia cause i don't vomit or anything like that. i just feel guilty and wish i haven't eaten that much at all.