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Anxiety Or Eating Disorder?

I'm a 20 year old college student and have always been very thin like the rest of my family. I'm five-four and weigh ninety three lbs but have been this size for 7 years now. People have always worried about my weight but I've never been concerned with body image and if I have no trouble eating when I feel hungry. I can actually really pack down the food during these times. I rarely get hungry though and I have never enjoyed eating meals at set times. Recently I've noticed that even thinking about eating when I am not hungry makes me very anxious, even if I haven't eating more than a small snack in over 24 hours. I have always had trouble with anxiety and have been in therapy most of my life for it. I try to talk to my therapist and boyfriend about this but I don't even know why food makes me anxious. The main thing that has me worried is that my boyfriend of 4 years is suddenly worried about my eating habits and he never has been before. Could this be the beginning of an eating disorder even if I would like to gain weight but can't because I get too nervous about eating?
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If you are concerned about your eating and your boyfriend is too, then there is probably reason for it. I think you are on the right track in talking to your therapist about your concerns. I don't think it matters as much to confirm if you have an eating disorder so much as to get to the bottom of what might be going on that is keeping you from being able to eat properly which, since you are naturally thin, could impace your health if you start losing weight.
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Is anyone pressuring you to eat when your not hungry which may cause food anxiety. You could also visit a nutritionist to evaluate your food intake. Anxiety will cause loss of hunger or increase in hunger and could affect your over all eating habits and levels of hunger.

My opinion with out more information is that this is an anxiety problem and I would also see a nutritionist to evaluate what you're eating. Size of meals can be offset by the value of the food and it is possible you are eating enough but I couldn't say. Chances are if you didn't have anxiety you may feel more hungry to want larger meals.
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"even if I haven't eating more than a small snack in over 24 hours"

I just wanted to add... This statement above is not good. You're body needs more than this as it will begin to absorb muscle to nutrients. Some people who suffer from anxiety loose the desire to eat since anxiety affects the body globally. If this is happening you do need to push your self to eat.

If you're worried about weight ect... that's another story, but didn't see that above.
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