National Eating Disorders Association

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genderception
Transguy with an ED

Hey guys! I'm transgender (female-bodied, identify as somewhat male), and have an eating disorder. Any others out there?

michael26
Hi there!!!

Hello! Welcome to the forums!! Thank you so much for posting your thoughts and question! I hope I can be of some support!

I can definitely relate to you both with the eating disorder and gender related stuff. Was there anything in particular you would like to chat about? Such as treatment or needing help accessing resources, or something else?

There is a great resource that I think might help! It is called the NEDA Navigator program and it is comprised of volunteers who have experience with recovery who are eager to support you! A Navigator is a great way to receive free, private support and advice for things related and not related to your ED. Here's a link to learn more!

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/neda-navigators

I hope this is a great place for us to start! Hope you're well!

LucyBee
Hey! Maybe we can help each other.

Hi hi!
I am a college age gender fluid human.
I feel your feel right now. It is hard to step away from the ED when it feels like gaining weight will add to the more "feminine" parts of the body. I get it and it's been a struggle for me too.

I am currently working on telling myself that expression and sex do not equal gender. My breasts and my thighs do not have to be feminine. They are just part of me and my body and I define what gender I am.
Maybe you could try to learn that stuff with me :)

banannaomi
some articles

Hey, friend! Glad you posted here. I am afraid I can't personally relate, but I sincerely hope you find some relief and support on these forums!

These NEDA articles might be helpful:
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/finding-me-looking-past-surface-d...
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/eating-disorders-and-body-image-w...
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/fighting-against-self-queer-...
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/node/6825
Also browse the Stories of Hope; you never know to whom you may relate: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/stories-of-hope

And the NEDA Helpline is surely here for you! 1-800-931-2237, EST M-Th 9am-9pm, F 9am-5pm. The volunteers are educated and prepared to help you through your challenges.

Wishing you blessings in your recovery!
Anna Naomi

I_Need_A_Nap
Trans guy here

Hi, trans guy here with ED. I was actually hoping I'd be able to connect with some other trans guys with ED. It's a pretty small slice of humanity I would assume that occupies the space we do, so although I am sorry that you have to go through this, it's also nice to know we're not alone. (Hope that's not selfish to say).

I've found I have a really hard time connecting positively to my body in any way because of both the ED and the dysphoria. (If it's not one it's the other - kind of get the shit end of both the sticks unfortunately). I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I think in order to break through recovery wise, I have to find a way to find some peace with this body that I hate. And I just have no idea how to do that.

Sorry to be such a downer on the first communication! Man, think I've been holding this stuff in too long apparently....

I_Need_A_Nap
I just realized no one has

I just realized no one has posted here since 2015. That is so f-ing depressing.

dropthemetaphor
re: I just realized no one has

Hey I_Need_A_Nap--welcome to the forums! I'm sorry this thread seems to be the latest on this topic. Hopefully people will see that you've added a new comment and get the conversation going again. Either way, you've come to a great place for help and support during this time. I'm not trans but I am queer and I have an ED history. My partner has struggled with a lot of gender and body dysphoria in the past so I can really relate to what you're going through--EDs are always complicated and difficult and it can be confusing to have to deal with all these other layers as well. I mostly just wanted to let you know you're not alone and point you to some articles I found here on the NEDA website that will hopefully stress that message as well. A few of them link to outside resources that might be useful in connecting with other ED sufferers in the trans community, too. I hope this helps.

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/dear-melody-can-i-separate-...

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/stories-of-hope/luke-knudsen

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/node/6825

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/fighting-against-self-queer...