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DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
1/5/14 9:19 A

It is no use at all comparing yourself to other people, although I know it is hard to stop!

If your belly indicates a medical issue, your team will help you treat the underlying medical issues, which will then resolve the belly. But it's not going to be a quick process.

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1/5/14 9:14 A

...or you could just do it in cycles; slightly increase calories and gain weight for 6 months/slightly decrease and lose weight for a few months. Anyways, I would just focus on getting help for your ED now and learning healthy habits. I was just trying to illustrate what happens to your body when you focus on fat or how your body looks rather than being healthy and fit. If you treat it poorly, it will look poorly. If you treat it with love, it will look loved.

Stick around Sparkpeople and you will learn how to do this. Focus on food as what can I eat that will best fuel my body, that is healthiest for my body over the amount of calories in something. I'm sure these are all things you will learn when attending ED counselling and by being a member of Sparkpeople.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/5/2014 (09:24)
DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
1/5/14 9:10 A

I'm so sorry this has you so upset. I wish I could make it better for you but I can only make a few observations:

1. It is WONDERFUL that you are now in treatment for your ED. It's the best thing you can do for your long-term health. Give yourself a pat on the back or a mental hug for being in treatment for ED! It is a positive step in the right direction.

2. I agree with the other poster to wait for your doctor's assessment. When was the Xray exam? When is your next appointment? If it is sometime within the next week, your doctor will probably discuss it at your next regular appointment. If you have already seen your doctor and they didn't mention the results of the Xray, you can ask them about it. You could call them tomorrow.

3. For both your belly, and your ED, there are no quick fixes. You have to give it time, and follow your team's treatment plan for you.

Best wishes for your continued health and recovery!

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1/5/14 8:52 A

Also, I've never been super active, always super sedentary (which I do want to change) and not the healthiest eater in the world but not horrible either. I feel like most 19 year old girls can get away with that for awhile, and all of my friends that I've seen that have recovered and reached a more normal weight don't have massive stomachs.

Idk, it's just really strange to me. I don't know if it's maybe a food allergy, or even PCOS even though I'm thin...I'm so frustrated :(

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1/5/14 8:48 A

I know I have a distorted body image to an extent but not when it comes to this. I actually noticed my stomach changed shape about 4 years before my ED started. The problem with gaining weight/muscle mass is that at my BMI, I'd have to put on nearly 60 pounds to be where you were at 125, and then cut it down, which for my extremely small frame gaining that much weight would not be a good look. My BMI pre-ed was about 19.

I know women are supposed to have *some* curvature to their stomach, but being so distended that I'm buying pants 2 sizes too big that are baggy in the legs just to fit my waist doesn't seem right.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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1/5/14 7:54 A

Your body is like this because you have an ED and lost a lot of muscle mass leaving you with a high body fat percentage at a low weight OR like most people who suffer from ED you have a distorted body image. Women are *suppose* to have some fat around their middle, it is healthy and normal. Women who *don't* are either a handful of genetically gifted-few or are air-brushed models in magazines.

Solution... get help for your eating disorder. Eat more and gain weight while lifting very heavy weights. Losing more weight obviously isn't working, is it?

I don't have an ED but I was thin most of my life with a fairly small waist. Pregnancy changed that and I ended up here. I lost the weight and got down to 107 lbs at 5'2 but *could not* get rid of my belly. It was way bigger than it was before my pregnancies. I was skinny every else but my belly. I gained weight while lifting weights and reached 125 lbs. Then I reduced my weight the healthy way to 115 lbs and with it most of my belly fat is gone. I look healthier, thinner and firmer than I did at 107 lbs because I gained muscle while gaining weight back. Now I'm in the middle of my healthy BMI and have a smaller/flatter waist line than I did at my lowest weight. Even at 120+ lbs I was still fitting in the same size clothes I wore at 107 lbs.

Focus on health and fitness instead of how your body looks and you consequentially will get a healthy and fit body. You don't get a body you love by treating it poorly. Like with any relationship you have to give love to get love.

I think you'd benefit from this article:

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/5/2014 (08:08)
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1/5/14 4:32 A

Wait for the doctors assessment.

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1/5/14 12:47 A

I have a problem that I'm very upset about and I can't figure out what it is, but I want help so badly.

I'm a 19 year old girl, and I've struggled w/ an eating disorder for about 2 and a half years and just recently began working with a treatment team to get better. Right now my height is about 5'9.5" and I weigh about 105 lbs. Now, at that height/weight, it would logically seem impossible for me to have ANY excess fat anywhere on my body, and I know that now, but that's where my problem comes in.

My stomach, especially my lower abdomen, is MASSIVE. I mean like, so big that if I'm wearing a pair of jeans, I can't look down and see the button because my stomach distends that far. I usually buy my pants up to 2 sizes larger and wear baggy shirts to cover my stomach. It's not hard, but soft and squishy, and I can grab a good amount of "fat" or whatever it is, which I can't understand because I'M SO UNDERWEIGHT!!!! When I bend over, it literally hangs, it's so disgusting. Even when I suck in as hard as I possibly can, there's still a squishy pooch below my belly button.

Over the holidays I ate a tiny bit more than I usually do, which for me was like 1,200 cals or less, especially now because my ED tendencies have been worse because of this. My stomach has actually been increasing in size since the holidays, and even though my scale weight hasn't changed, my stomach is even more distended and flabby and I can grab even more "fat". Now it's hugely distended all day long no matter how much I eat.

I've asked my ED doctor about this and showed her my stomach and even SHE thought it was strange, so she had me get an X-Ray but so far I haven't heard anything back :(

I don't understand why my body is like this :,( All of my friends that weigh 15-25+ lbs more than I do have pretty relatively flat stomachs, nothing like this. The only time I've seen someone w/ a belly like mine is someone that needed to LOSE weight, but how can that even possibly be an option for me?!?!? I don't know what to do and I'm so upset, I've cried about this so many times. If ANYONE can offer any kind of advice, any at all, please let me know!!!!!!

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