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If there's anyone out there who can here me, please respond.

I've been looking all over the web, but I can't seem to find anything on eating disorders besides anorexia and bulimia. I figure there must be someone who can tell me what's going on.

I am fearing for my friend. She's overweight (but not obese) and has started what she calls a "weight loss plan." She refuses to let herself eat a lot of food. Yesterday I went to an amusement park with her. She ate only half a funnel cake. I asked her if she had had breakfast. She said no. We were there until 6:30 and got home at 8. For all I know, she probably didn't eat dinner either. The odd thing was the fact that she mumbled she was hungry at one point, so I asked her if she wanted to get something to eat. She quickly said she wasn't hungry.

I am so scared for her, since I'm pretty sure this has been going on for some time. Are these the early stages of anorexia? I looked at some of the symptoms, and they do match. I really need to hear from you if you know what's going on, though.

Eating disorders are horrible. My cousin's friend became an anorexic and is currently in rehab. She started with running 3 miles each day, then became a vegitarian, then starved herself all together. The scary part of eating disorders is the way they affect your mind and body. When you're anorexic, for instance, your mind tells you you're fat no matter what. If you're nothing but skin and bones, you still think you're fat. (I'm not kidding either.) Your body eats away at itself when you starve. It starts with the fat tissue, then goes on to the muscle tissue. That's a disguisting thought. Bulimia involves vomitting, which hurts your heart and esphogaus when you continue to voluntarily vomit. There are many other horrifying effects. Those are just a few.

Eating disorders are horrible. You can die from them. If you know someone with an eating disorder, get them help. Get them to realize they need help. You can play a big part in preventing them and helping people with them get help.

For more information on eating disorders, go to:
http://www.something-fishy.org/

The more you know, the better off you will be.


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The following comments are for "Teen Time - Scary Thought"
by polkadot*

eating disorders
It's a good thing what you're doing here. My sister was anorexic when she was a teenager--she was horribly abused by our father. All she would eat every day was a can of frozen Sego--something like a malt in a can. And drink a lot of tea. So got deathly thin and constantly looked in the mirror. Quite frankly, I don't know how she survived. I don't remember what brought her out of it. Susan Sparks

( Posted by: Susan Sparks [Member] On: October 18, 2003 )





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