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Thread: I think I have binge eating disorder

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    It is irresponsible to suggest a restrictive diet to someone with disordered eating.

    You need to see a doctor and a psychologist to work through this.

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    Find an eating disorder specialist in your area. Not just any therapist, but one who specializes in eating disorders. They can guide you through intuitive eating, and help you get to the heart of your starve/binge/starve cycle.

    Do not look into any other diets or eating plans. Those are only a band-aid to your deeper issues, which are at the roots of your eating.

    The eating cycle is a symptom of something deeper. Adding a new diet/lifestyle/whatever we want to call it/ plan will only mask this.

    Please, google "eating disorder therapist+your area". I've done it, and I will say it's highly worthwhile.

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    Originally Posted by Rose Mosse

    With all that said, yes, I'd urge you to speak with your doctor but I'll be real with you too, OP. If you don't have any real motivation to be active or think positively about your self-image or aren't motivated to improve and become more positive and happy on the whole, no change in what you eat is going to help how you feel about yourself. I hope you find lots of fun and help and stay motivated along the way.
    I did understand and I do, that your intentions are coming from a good place and sincere concern. I feel the need to explain though, for others too, that what's going on in the mind of a person who suffers from an eating disorder goes way beyond having a positive stance and motivation. I for one , have linked my weight to my self worth. If I lose it, I will be accepted by others. This means that even at my lowest weight, after dieting and exercising hard, I thought it was still not enough. People with extra fat are not lazy. We don't lack motivation and although you are kinda right, it's a lot more complicated. Yes, we do need to think positive about our bodies but if we need to solve the deeper problems in order to exercise and eat healthy and maintain that lifestyle. If not, we'll go back to restricting.

    Heck, I'm in therapy for a year and just the other day I was considering a water fast. Eating nothing for 3-7 days, because my mind is that Fed up.
    Note: in other languages there are two words for diet. One means diet as in, losing weight, the other means a change in lifestyle, like learning to eat healthy forever, of that makes sense.

    I do respect everyone's choices, but suggesting a restrictive diet, to a person who is struggling with an eating disorder is, like mustlovedogs said, irresponsible. We're wired to believe it'll work and we'll just jump into it with our distorted image of what's healthy and just delay our journey to a healthy life.

    I'm saying this in the most sincere and caring way possible.

    Edit to add: also, contrary to popular belief, you can't tell who is suffering from an eating disorder, that means we need to be careful when talking about diets (both meanings) to people. Sure, can't save everyone, just saying we need to be more cautious.

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    Yes sadly a lot of people with eating disorders scour the internet for more dieting tips. Like drug addicts scouring the internet on better ways to shoot up. And there will always be people out there who will give them these tips. But that is precisely why they go to random internet forums instead of doctors/therapist, to get tips on furthering their sickness.
    Originally Posted by mustlovedogs
    It is irresponsible to suggest a restrictive diet to someone with disordered eating. You need to see a doctor and a psychologist to work through this.

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    Avoid all diets!

    A slow, steady reduction in calorie intake is the only way to permanently change your body.
    Done right, it will take up to two years.

    Beware of ott exercise. It has a way of derailing calorie reduction.
    Just walk and other light home exercise will be all you need.

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    Hi everyone. I have my doctors appointment today in just under an hour. To say I am terrified is an understatement. I just don稚 know how to talk about this at all.

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    Be honest. They need to know everything and trust me, they've heard it before. No point in keeping information from your doctor. They won't scold you, they won't judge you, they are there for you and they know how to help.
    Do you think it will help if you wrote it all down? It did help me, it's also good to have notes so you won't forget anything.

    You can't start like you started here "I think I have an eating disorder" and they will start asking questions.

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    I know it's scary, but remember, you are doing the right thing and are taking care of yourself. Changes are always scary. embrace the feeling as it's an indicator that you're doing something right. Fear works that way many times.

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    Originally Posted by Cope
    I know it's scary, but remember, you are doing the right thing and are taking care of yourself. Changes are always scary. embrace the feeling as it's an indicator that you're doing something right. Fear works that way many times.
    Thank you so much for your response. I started by telling her I was nervous to talk to her etc then explained everything. I値l be honest. There was lots of tears but it was important I got it out. I have now been referred to an eating disorder clinic and I知 getting the help I need.

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    I'm so happy for you! New beginning! We can do this!

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