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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,120)
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10/8/13 3:16 A

You are not alone with this. A lot of people actually develop an ED BECAUSE of 'dieting'!

The best thing that you can do is to talk with your Dr about it and ask for a referral to a Therapist who deals with ED's. ALSO, it would be worth asking for a referral to a Registered Dietitian who can help you to stay on track nutritionally. A lot of Dietitians actually deal with people in exactly your situation!

Good luck,

REBCCA SparkPoints: (408,532)
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10/7/13 9:07 P

Here is an excerpt from this article by Dean

"Getting Help When You Need It
The good news is that recovering from an eating disorder is possible. You can find much better ways to deal with your original concerns or needs; you can learn the skills you need to manage difficult feelings and “thought storms” without turning to overeating or not eating. There are also effective treatments (like good nutrition and medication) for many of the biochemical problems involved.

It’s not impossible to do all or most of this on your own. There’s plenty of good information and support available from books and websites, and there are good self-help programs available.

But doing it on your own is not the easiest or fastest way, and often it's not enough. You can’t hang a picture straight on a wall when you’re right up against the wall yourself. You need someone with a different perspective to tell you when one side is higher or lower than it should to be. That’s not a reflection on you—it’s just a fact of life. The same can be true when it comes to seeing your own behaviors and attitudes clearly enough to start changing them.

These days, there are many counselors, dietitians and doctors who know a lot about disordered eating. These helpful professionals won’t pass judgment on you, but they can help you sort things out so that your decisions will help you get what you really want for yourself. If you find yourself having a hard time changing your behavior (or wanting to change), even though it is causing you problems, ask for some help."

The following online resources will help you find help in your area: "

Edited by: REBCCA at: 10/7/2013 (21:07)
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10/7/13 5:38 P


I have not been diagnosed with an eating disorder but I can tell you I have felt so strongly about my weight and calories to the point where I crawled into bed telling my husband I was literally crawling out of my skin I was so disgusted with everything. I go throuh periods of obsession. All I think abotu and talk about is food and weight. Right now I am obssessing - weighing myself frequently (twice a day) working out a ton, and tracking every calorie (on my fitness pal).

First I will urge you to talk to a professional. If you don't have insurance or can't afford it there may be tiplines/hotlines. This is easier said than done or I would've been talking to someone myself :)

Second, if you are still 100 pounds overweight, making one small adjustment per day should get you back on track to start with. If you drink soda, cut back. If you snack, remove on snack. Add a walk. Make small changes to start. Once you see that shift on the scale, then you'll keep going. You'll know you got it.

On the flip side, if you are obsessive and by the symptoms you have, even if you are obese, you likely have a nutrient deficiency. Probably several actually. Try to eat off the food plate without tracking calories. go to for the guidelines. Eat by this. Don't count the calories and I promise you will be fine.

I would also recommend taking a multivitamin to help get you the vitamins you need IF you aren't eating a balanced meal. too much vitamins is also a bad thing. However, most vitamins can't be absorbed without adequate food so you need to eat the right foods.

There is a lot going on with this and I understand that. Don't give yourself a week to see progress though. Give yourself two weeks at least. Even one pound is a victory and a way on the right track. YOu know what to do. Be positive. Talk yourself up. Know that you can do it. But in order to do it and be around for your daughter you need to be healthy. You need to eat balanced and you need to identify why food is making you so up and down. There's more to it than meets the eye....

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10/7/13 3:05 P


I have had issues with emotional eating and getting obsessed with calories in a negative way, but I've never had any official diagnoses, and I'm older, so I don't know if I'm the person you want to hear from, but I thought I would chime in.

My first idea is for you to check out some of the spark teams for people with eating disorders. I have found some good articles & threads linked in those that might help you out. Also you could get support from people dealing with more similar issues.

The most important thing I can think of to say is to try to find ways to remind yourself often that the long-term goal is your health, and that includes both your body and your mind.

You'll have to work on both at the same time, and you're going to need help. That's OK, everyone needs help with something, sometime. Since your issues are complex, getting help from a nutritionist or an individual therapist who specializes in eating disorders, to help you keep things from going sideways, might be a real help to you.

It's going to be slow going. That's OK too. You can do it, but you have to attend to both aspects, both the becoming not-obese, and also keeping your eating disorder from killing you by developing a healthy relationship with your eating.

All the best, hope this helps!

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10/7/13 12:45 P

Hey there, came here looking for help and advice/

I'm a young female who struggles with EDNOS(eating disorder not otherwise specified). I most notably struggle with intermittent anorexia, binge eating and then purging.

Let it be noted that I am still overweight I'm 265 pounds(I have lost 100 pounds!) but along my weight loss journey developed problems with disordered eating.

It started as an OCD with calories. I know the way to lose weight is to restrict calories, and I became obsessed. Every single calorie mattered. I would cry over something as little as 50 calories. I began to purge(puke) excess calories and abuse water pills. This worked for awhile, I managed to lose 100 pounds, everyone congratulated me on my weight loss. Then I became pregnant and of course the weight wasn't coming off while pregnant, after I gave birth I was 30 pounds lighter than before I got pregnant, though. I was elated.

Now the weight isn't coming off as quickly as it did before I got pregnant and I'm struggling with my eating disorder. I still know very much that I need to lose weight, I'm still more than a 100 pounds over weight after all. It's frustrating, though because now I can't seem to lose it quite as easily.

My metabolism has hit a rock bottom low. I don't see results with my weight loss so I become depressed and unmotivated and then I binge eat and feel so guilty afterward that I go puke. My hair is starting to fall out, my nails peel and chip, and I have constant head aches.

How do I manage to lose weight even when I have an eating disorder. Usually the way to treat an eating disorder is to stop trying to lose weight but when I'm still morbidly obese that isn't even an option.

I feel hopeless and really am not sure what to do anymore.


I'm wondering if anyone else has struggled with an eating disorder along their weight loss journey and if they have any tips or advice on what to do. ):

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