Could I have all three eating disorders?
Asked by on Jan 16, 2011
in Eating Disorders
I have had people accuse me of having three different eating disorders, Overeating, Bulimia and Anorexia, when my BMI is overweight. Is this even possible? I admit that for periods of time only take in 200 -700 calories a day and that I binge and purge on occasion. Also that I don't normally go up to 1200 calories a day when dieting do not. But If I were anorexic wouldn't I be well underweight rather than overweight?
At different times in life, someone may have anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder, and an active eating disorder often has mixed features, but the hallmark of anorexia is three or more missing periods in a row, body weight that is less than 85% of expected, and an intense fear of gaining weight. Bulimia is characterized by a cycle of binge eating coupled with inappropriate compensatory behavior, such as vomiting or misused laxatives, diuretics, or enemas that occurs on average, twice or more a week for 3 months. Fasting and excessive exercise are also inappropriate. But regardless of what you call it, you have an aberrant eating pattern and you seem to be caught in the trap of yo-yo dieting. See you doctor and read Dr. Michelle May's books about ending the diet-binge cycle. See her blog on Calorie Count today.