National Eating Disorders Association

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I tried..

I’ve been really dizzy for the past few days. So I tried to eat something today. It wasn’t much at all but I was able to keep it down. But when I ate, I still felt guilty. I’ve been really trying but I still feel disgusting every time I eat. And when others see me eat they think I’m stuffing my face (which I’m not). I’m honestly wondering if trying is even worth it at this point..

I care

Please get help. I care about you and worry about you. I know you are a dancer and coming from a former dancer, this really worries me that you are experiencing this. Please please please get the help that you need and deserve. Don't worry about what others may be thinking. If you have been dizzy you need to get help. I truly worry about you and I really care.

dear Kshaye26

My "food hook" began abruptly and very quickly within 1 or 2 weeks. I was 13. I was quite a normal healthy eater till then. How about you? Do you mind me asking? Folks around me, even close friends dismiss my affliction, my problem. That's because I've always "looked" pretty normal, even medical folks. BUT what it has and is still taking me to achieve this "normalcy", OMG. First I have to face what I do, particularly during tough times when my grazing, overeating problem is like having a "spasm" I call it. And, when it's over, done, when I no longer have this inner driving force pushing me to find the food that "will do it" Sometimes I realize "it's gone" and I look up and almost ask outloud "are you gone, is it over?" Whew. Now "what can I do to make myself more comfortable clothes etc. whatever". And I tell myself "every moment away from this "spasm" I guarantee I will be more comfortable and "free". Then it's "what can I do now, to learn from this?, to possibly help myself avoid this or even just diminish it. Make it less. It's really the Serenity Prayer, yes? Take care. CC P.S. Sometimes it's good to laugh at the most serious thing.
I remember when I did "my 5 week stint" in a great resort-like hospital. My late-husband said to our kids on the way to visit me, "your mother's a little Looney Tunes with the food right now." He had his own gambling issue so he did "get it".


You deserve help, everyone does. Don't let the guilt hold you back, that is ED talking, not you. I
hope you are able to find support, with NEDA or elsewhere maybe your doctor. It is important to get help. Sending you hugs and strength.



Hi Kshaye26 - you mentioned some concerning symptoms in your post, and we wanted to make sure to affirm that this is a sign for which you may need to seek immediate medical attention. The following are just some of the signs of a serious problem that demands immediate medical attention:

  • accidentally or deliberately caused themselves a physical injury
  • become suicidal
  • confused thinking and is not making any sense
  • delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (experiencing things that aren’t there)
  • disoriented; doesn’t know what day it is, where they are or who they are
  • vomiting several times a day or has uncontrollable vomiting or diarrhea
  • experiencing dizziness or fainting spells
  •  too weak to walk or collapses
  • painful muscle spasms
  • experience pain in the lower legs
  • complaining of chest pain or having trouble breathing
  • blood in their bowel movements, urine or vomit
  •  a body mass index (BMI) of less than 16
  • an irregular heartbeat, and fast heartbeat, or very low heart beat (less than 50 beats per minute)
  • cold or clammy skin indicating a low body temperature or has a body temperature of less than 35 degrees Celsius/95 degrees Fahrenheit
  • experience dizziness, nausea, fever
  • wounds/cuts heal slowly
  • feel tingling in the hands or feet
  •  blurred vision

If you experience anything above, we highly recommend seeking help from a medical professional as soon as possible. Seek medical help soon on an outpatient basis if you:

  • have significant heartburn and/or a burning sensation after eating
  • have other gastrointestinal concerns
  • have high blood pressure
  • struggle with significant joint or muscle pain
  • have difficulty sleeping (falling and/or remaining asleep)
  • struggle with fatigue, sudden weight gain, and/or hair loss
  • have frequent urination or unquenchable thirst
  • have gained and lost significant weight repeatedly
  • have gained significant weight in a short period of time
  • struggle with chronic diarrhea or constipation

  Please do not hesitate to call the NEDA helpline at 1-800-931-2237 (Monday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm, Friday 9:00am-5:00pm EST) if you need help finding resources and support. Please take care.

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