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Anorexia vs. Bulimia

Monday, January 21, 2013

I have a friend that gets mad at me every time the subject of my purging comes up because she thinks I'm doing it just to get attention and I can quit any time I like. honestly I wish it were that easy, I have no control with food. If it were a choice between anorexia and bulimia (not that i'm saying either is a good choice but as the lesser of two evils) I would def lean towards the anorexia side of those two options. But I think the main difference here between those two is that someone that's anorexic chooses not to eat and someone that's bulimic chooses to eat but controlled eating. I don't know about anyone else on here but as someone with some experience in that area I have NEVER started eating something with the thought of purging it. it is always "oh one cookie shouldn't hurt anything" and then an entire package later.... idk some people might plan out their binging and purging but I never have, it usually sneaks up on me unfortunately. People that think its just a switch u can flip frustrates me so much cause I know it's all with the best of intentions but they are really clueless how much control something like that can take of ur life :( kinda like people understanding ocd or phobias.
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    My daughter has both. She severely restricts calories and then will binge/purge. She also has taken diet pills on top of it all. She is seeing a counselor and dietitian, which seems to help. However, we've discussed that this will be a lifelong problem that she will have to deal with. She understands it's about control, but with her, it's also about her body image. Any ED is difficult and I hope that people would seek some outside help. emoticon
    1915 days ago
    I had a friend that was bulimic but she never ever mentioned or acknowledged it to anyone. It was obvious eventually to those of us close to her - her buying of laxatives and disappearing off to the toilet after gorging herself on burgers and chips etc. My sister was anorexic - and the two are completely different eating disorders. My sister's was essentially about feeling powerful about control even in situations of temptation. Control was more the issue even than losing weight. She also never acknowledged it until she had got over it. So if you are acknowledging this to yourself and others you are a long long way towards healing yourself.

    1915 days ago
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