15 year old and think I have anorexia

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skyler
15 year old and think I have anorexia

I feel fat in my mind.I secretly eat and immediately force vomiting or spit the food out.I have been bullied for being fat and think I look fat and worthless.

haleyan31
Skyler,

I am so sorry for what you have been growing through. But I am glad that you have opened up about it. Nobody deserves to be bullied, no matter what size, color, or shape they are. If you would like to take an online screening to see if you have an eating disorder, then NEDA offers that: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/online-eating-disorder-screening. Personally, from what you have said, it seems like you do have an eating disorder. Vomiting, spitting out food, or having an unhealthy relationship with food is a sign of the disorder.

If you want to get help for this, there are many different options and there is hope that you can get better! First of all, have you told any of your family or friends about what you have been dealing with? It will be hard to admit at first but once you have it out in the open, you'll be amazed at how freeing you will feel. There is also the option to talk to a therapist. Therapists are there to listen and help you with whatever you may be struggling with. I can honestly say that talking to a therapist about my eating issues saved my life. I was able to open up and feel comfortable talking about whatever was on my mind. You can also go to group counseling sessions. Many cities have eating disorder anonymous groups. With whatever you choose, I promise you that things will get better. Here is the link to look into treatment options: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-treatment.

Since you are unsure if you have an eating disorder, I figured I would share some information with you about it.

Anorexia in males: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/anorexia-nervosa-males
Bulimia in males: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/bulimia-nervosa-males
Can you tell anything about a person's weight? http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/can-you-tell-anything-persons-weight
Enhancing male body image: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/enhancing-male-body-image
Research on males and eating disorders: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/research-males-and-eating-disorders

NEDA also offer a hotline for whenever you are struggling. If you feel the need to spit out or purge your food, feel free to call the hotline. There, trained volunteers will answer the phone and give you advice and support you. The number is: 1-800-931-2237.

I hope that some of this information helped! I really hope that you talk to somebody about what you are struggling with because beating an eating disorder is difficult, and sometimes impossible, without support. You deserve this recovery!

Stay strong!

Haley

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