National Eating Disorders Association

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Oilers13
Am i ok?

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the site, and new to the idea of having a possible eating disorder, but i related to so many of the posts i had to join. My boyfriend recently pointed out my avoidance of certain foods( carbs especially). This made me nervous because when i think about eating pizza or something with a lot of carbs i feel anxiety and have immediate negitive thoughts about myself. Then if i actually do go off my strict diet, even occationally, I can barely live with the sight of how my body looks. I'm nervous about my mental well being and body image. Yet everytime i think about getting help i tell myself i will later because im so close to looking the way i want. I need to know that having a postitive body image is worth giving up a flat stomach or thin legs. I am a runner and i also lift 3x a week. I must run every day. I got into fitness competetions and i think that was a gateway to this state of mind. Today i felt so light headed i couldn't even stand up. Am i ok or do i have a real problem?

eghall
So glad you found us

Hi oilers13 -

I am so glad you came to us with your questions! From what you say, you definitely have the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder. In fact, your dizzy spells and light headedness are serious symptoms and I urge you to actually go to the hospital. At the very least, you need to get in to see a doctor asap. I'm worried about what may be happening with your heart rate and blood pressure. I know this may sound dramatic to you, but those symptoms are serious.
Here is some information regarding ED health concerns: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/health-consequences-eating-disor...

I know you can do this and we are here to help you through the process! Do you think you can make the first step and get in to see a doctor asap? NEDA can help you find a doctor in your area.

Oilers13
thank you

Thank you for the help, would a my family doctor suffice?

nanzhu
You're on the right track

Oilers13,

Thanks so much for bringing up these questions as I'm sure there are many others who can relate to you! I agree with eghall - it sounds like you have signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, based on your emotional preoccupation and physical signs of lightheadedness and dizziness. Eating disorders are very diverse and differ from person to person, and even if your combination of symptoms doesn't fit neatly into a certain category or name, it sounds like it's having a negative impact on your life and that it's time to make a change.

Staying healthy through good nutrition and exercise habits is important, but it can also lead to a slippery slope to excessive habits that become unhealthy. I personally experienced this with Female Athlete Triad in high school so I know it can be tough, but I'm SO glad you've acknowledged these things as that's the important first step to take! I would suggest making an appointment with your doctor for a checkup and/or to talk to a therapist who can help with the negative thoughts swirling in your head. The NEDA Helpline (1-800-931-2237) can help you find available resources in your area.

Here are some other links that might help you in the meantime to better understand how you're feeling. You're not alone and taking action earlier rather than later is crucial!

Maintaining positive body image: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/developing-and-maintaining-positi...
Athletes and eating disorders: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/athletes-and-eating-disorders
Contributing factors and prevention: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/contributing-factors-prevention

Hope this helps!
Nan

Oilers13
very helpful

Thank you so much for your response. Yes i feel that my habits i started to be heathy are now becoming the opposite for me. I have a therapist that i see occationally and I have made an appointment. Is there a specific doctor i need to see?

nanzhu
Doctors appointment

Making an appointment with your family or primary care doctor would be a good starting point - then he/she can better direct you to specialists after seeing where you are. You can also look up doctors, nutritionists, counselors, or other services in your area here: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-treatment but I think a first appointment with your family doctor would be a great step! I'm excited you are on board with this plan and I'm here if you have any other questions!