National Eating Disorders Association

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kah519
Maybe?

Every time I ask myself if I have an eating disorder, my response is always "maybe". I guess I refuse to think I could have one because I am fat. I guess I'm not sure of that either. I look in the mirror and all I see is fat in places it shouldnt be. I have a lot of people tell me that I am thin but I assume its because they are being nice. How am I supposed to know that I really have an eating disorder and if I do find out, how can I accept that? How could I ever accept my body? I don't want to be this weight forever. I don't want to be fat.

eghall
Here is some information for you

Hi kah519 -

I can't diagnose you but I can tell you that most people who suffer don't realize they have an eating disorder for the same reason - because they see something in the mirror that is much different than what the outside world sees. Eating disorders can also appear and disappear at times, so that also makes people question if they actually have one of not.

A good place to start is by going to this link and doing a screening: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/online-eating-disorder-screening

You can also click on this link to see the symptoms and warning signs of eating disorders: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/general-information

If you feel you have one, the best bet is to get help immediately. You can go to a primary care doctor or find a therapist in your area: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-treatment

Accepting that one has an eating disorder isn't always easy, but once done it can lead to a happy and ACCEPTING life. Let us know how it goes! I hope this helps!