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Obese and In Recovery

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Hi. I'm new to this forum. I am 22 years old and started having eating disorders when I was 16. I am newly in recovery but recently during a follow-up appointment, hoping to avoid Type 2 diabetes after discovering my uncle has been recently diagnosed, I was told my BMI is within the range of obesity. I recently received a document on diabetic eating. Problem is, I am comfortable with my body. I have a boyfriend who loves me as well for who I am. I am filled with tons of insecurities and fears. I really need advice and support so that I do not go back to my old habits. Please, any help, support, and/or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. -Emily

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Hi Emily, welcome to the forums and thank you for reaching out! I wanted to let you know that your post has been modified to remove any weight related numbers as they may be triggering to other forum members. Please keep sharing while following the forum guidelines that can be found here: 


Hi Emily-

Just wanted to welcome you to the forums & let you know that we are really glad you found us. I wanted to congratulate you on beginning your recovery journey! I am sure you are experiencing a lot of extreme emotions around your appointment and learning more about the risk of diabetes. How are you feeling about it? What are some of the ED symptoms you have struggled with in the past? Just wanted to get more of a sense of how you've struggled and where you are at now. So glad to hear you have the support of your boyfriend-- that is so helpful to have a steadfast, encouraging presence in the process of recovery. Mainly, just wanted to welcome you here and let you know that all of us can relate & are always here to listen! You are never alone. And lasting recovery is possible <3 Keep us posted.


Hey youngandstrong.

Hey youngandstrong.
Glad you made it to the forums.
I just want to preface this by saying that i am in no way a health professional so my opinions are just that, opinions.
That being said what did your doctor suggest and what is it that you want?
Ultimately its you're life and you get to decided how you live it and what direction it goes in. Was your doctor the one who gave you the literature on diabetes and if so did it come with any suggestions?
I guess I just want to know what your priorities are. If losing weight could help you avoid diabetes and that's something you want to do then go for it. If you want help doing so while avoiding a relapse then awesome we're here for you.
I just want to end it by saying that I respect that you're comfortable with how your body is now. That's great and I can only imagine the sheer amount of work that it took to get you to that place. That beings said I do think its possible to be legitimately health concious in the face this potential diabetes news while also avoiding falling into old thought habits. Like I said that's just my opinion and I do hope you take it with a grain of salt.

- Adage