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Worried about losing weight

I am sorry if it is inappropriate for me to post here but I am worried about my weight loss.
Please could somebody advise me about the issue of eating disorders? I have a problem where I am underweight and I want to gain weight, but I am afraid of eating too much food.

Over the last year I have lost quite a lot of weight due to some big changes in that have occurred in my life. I have started university and moved into student accommodation. As a result of these changes my weight has gone down a lot over the last year.

My eating habits have changed quite a lot in this time. For a long time I wasn't eating vey much but now I am and I am more conscious of the foods that I eat. As a result of my weight loss I think I have developed some distorted ideas about food and this causes me to worry about eating too much. If I think I have eating too much this makes me anxious.

I have been to the doctors but they told me that nothing is wrong but I am still losing weight and this is causing me to be worried.

Again I am sorry if this is inappropriate.

zx123 - We have edited your

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I think if your own habits

I think if your own habits are causing you to worry, it may be something to look into.
Here is a link for the NEDA screening tool that I think you may find helpful.
Also, you can call the NEDA helpline at 1-800-931-2237 It is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Though none of us on the

Though none of us on the forums are trained professionals and therefore cannot diagnose you, coming here for support is a great step that you've taken. With so many changes going on in your life, it's understandable that you're somewhat confused and just want answers. I suggest taking the screening that SongSolomon4_7 sent, as well as calling the Helpline. Additionally, I know you said that you've talked to doctors about it, but have you tried talking to a therapist or nutritionist who specializes in eating disorders? I believe that that would be a good next step, and the helpline volunteers can help point you in the direction of these professionals.

I wish you the best of luck, and I hope to hear from you soon!

I am so glad that you came to

I am so glad that you came to the forums for some advice! Its a great step in the right direction and what you said about having some distortions about food, tells me that you are very aware to the change in thinking patterns. I applaud you for this! Next step, I think, would be to talking to someone who specializes in eating disorders.

Much Love

Hi There!


I think you have totally got the right idea to be conscious of a dramatic drop in weight and possibly distorted thinking about food. Sadly a lot of medical professionals don't even understand that eating disorders and disordered eating can occur for dudes. I would really recommend checking out this book: The Invisible Man: A Self-help Guide for Men With Eating Disorders, Compulsive Exercise and Bigorexia"

As I was doing research to try and understand my little brothers ED I found it and asked him to read it. He said it was the most accurate description of his experience that I found.

Check it out and let me know if you have anymore questions. We are all here for ya :)


Hi zx123,

I hope things are going better for you! The online screening tool that SongSolomon4_7 shared, as well as the NEDA Helpline are both great resources. The book recommended by Ewilis010 might be helpful for you too, but remember that there's no one right way to recover. Recovery is different for every individual, and what works for one person may not work for another.

I hope you'll keep us updated on your progress! We all want the best for you. Good luck!

Hi zx123!

Are you still suffering this eating problem? Try eating smaller, more frequent meals instead of three large meals. Take stock of mental health. If you are depressed or anxious, medication may be prescribed to stimulate your appetite. Eat with family and friends. If you live alone, you may not take the time to prepare a proper meal. Make a change. Try making something different than your usual fare. If your appetite has been zapped by an illness, ask your doctor to recommend a medication or other remedy to make food more appealing again.