Does This Sound Like I May Be Developing an Eating Disorder?

Question by Hmmm….: Does this sound like I may be developing an eating disorder?
Every single minute of every single day I can only think about how fat I look. I always wonder what people think about my weight. I am always nervous around guys because I think they think I am fat. I think people talk behind my back about my weight. I have problems eating certain things. I still do eat them but it really small bits because I don’t want people to think I am a pig. My mom was anorexic.

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Answer by mommanuke
Not necessarily. It does indicate the potential for you to become anorexic, so I would definitely get some therapy before this happens. And if you were alive when your Mom was anorexic, I absolutely would, since this gave you a behavior model to imitate when you were very impressionable.

Answer by rayah_32
The fact that your mother is a recovering anorexic (like alcoholism, anorexia is something that you ever “used to be”…you are, or you are in recovery) is a red flag for you because eating disorders can be hereditary. Plus, growing up with a parent with unhealthy views on food and physical appearance can damage your views too.

The first thing you need to do is sit down and talk to your mom about how you feel about yourself and how you feel about food. You need to start counseling now while you are in the stage where you see the problem building because it will be easier to treat now than later when you start masking or hiding symptoms out of fear of being caught. Right now, you are not anorexic, and you see the problem, but leaving yourself in an “at risk for an eating disorder” can be just as dangerous as actually being anorexic.

You need to get help with your confidence and body image issues. Talk to your mom. Being a recovering anorexic, she will be more likely to understand your plight and know how to get you the help you need. I wish you luck!

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