Im 20 years old and developed anorexia at the age of 13, I never recieved any treatment but seemed to get better on my own.
I have always had problems with food and I have some kind of fear of eating some foods, the smell of food in general and the look of food, basically i hate eating but I do eat.
I have been exercising a lot for the past 12 months I have lost over 1.5 stone in weight but im a health weight for my height. but people say i exercise too much. i exercise every day of the week for around 3 to 5 hours. Is this a problem? it doesnt feel bad to me and makes me feel more confident and like i can deal with other issues much better. Im scared that my eating disorder has come back again because of my friends worries, but I dont think it has.... What do you think? thanks
It seems like your friends have reason to be concerned. I can understand your confusion around this issue as eating disorders is a complex disorder. Eating disorders can look many different ways including the symptom of over-exercising. How do you feel when you don’t exercise? Is it hard to tolerate? Do you feel like you NEED to exercise? The answers to these questions can give you some clue as to whether there is a dependency issue there. You say you were diagnosed with anorexia when you were 13 and you received no treatment. Contrary to what many people believe, eating disorders don’t just “go away”. Without proper treatment, it can be fatal. I urge you to meet with an eating disorder therapist in your area for a full assessment so that they may determine what kind of support you may need. In the meantime, if you would like more information about eating disorders, you can find it at the bella vita website. Warmest Regards, Dr. Patricia Pitts, PhD The Bella Vita Los Angeles, CA
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