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Do I Have an Eating Disorder, Anorexia?

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I don’t eat more than 700-900 hundred calories maybe less. I have days where I will eat just over 1,000 like once every two weeks but hate my self. I always worry about my weight and is terrified of gaining any weight, I lost 10pounds in a few months, I weighted 109pounds and went to 99 now I’m scared to go to higher than 7 stone 5. I do eat but many days I starve and eat two meals or very little as I can, I do exercise to try losing it. I hate my self and count calories in everything I eat, I’m so sad with my weight I wish I could just eat but my mind and body stop me. I’m 16 and my height is 5 foot 2. Please help me understand, I’m to scared to tell anyone how I feel. Part of me sometimes wants to eat but another part which is way stronger stops me from eating, I don’t no if it’s a voice or me saying but thoughts like your fat, you will gain weight do exercise if I don’t it’s there for ages thinking about it until I do that is now and then, if I eat something I am feel guilty and think I’ll be fat the thought of food in me makes me feel like ill put on weigh. I don’t want to go to the doctors unless I know 100% I have it. (From Wales)

Do I Have an Eating Disorder, Anorexia?

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Of course it is improper for me to try and diagnose you without knowing you, but I can say this: If I were taking a test in graduate school, and I needed to offer an opinion, the descriptions you’re explaining suggest that eating is depleting a great deal of your energy. Too much so, and I would highly recommend talking to a physician. The intensity and range of thoughts you have about food, your weight, the exercising, and self-esteem issues are more intense than reasonable for someone your age. The physician can tell you if there is a medical or psychological reason for your symptoms. In either case, I wouldn’t wait. After a while such a diet can throw off some of your normal bodily functions. You’ll want to deal with this sooner rather than later.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Do I Have an Eating Disorder, Anorexia?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Do I Have an Eating Disorder, Anorexia?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 18, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2015/03/19/do-i-have-an-eating-disorder-anorexia/
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