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anorexic to overweight


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how common is it for those who use to be anorexic to then become a frequent binger and become overweight?

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I can't speak for how common that is, but that describes my past pretty well. As a young teen I was anorexic, and continued to have an unhealthy relationship with food that swung to the other extreme until I found myself about 25 lbs. overweight in college. I think an unhealthy relationship with food is the source of both problems, so it seems easy to swing from one extreme to the other over time.

If someone has routinely starved the body and been chronically underweight then they are likely to eat a very lot when they recover.  That's normal.   A few people go on to become overweight, I'm sure, but others will reach a healthy weight and find the compulsion to keep eating excessively gradually dimishes. 

It's important to say that the possibility (however remote) of the first situation happening shouldn't stop someone from embarking on or continuing with recovery.

Sadly I think this is too common.  I suffered anorexia as a teen and bulimia in my early twenties.  Although my weight was stable and within the normal range during my mid twenties I kept my unhealthy obsession with food, calories, fat content, carbohydrate content, glycaemic index etc etc.  This eventually led to significant overeating and weight gain as the years progressed.

In my case, I probably didn't fully recover from my early eating disorders.  Once my weight was "normal" treatment was ceased so the disordered thinking could continue unchecked.  I suspect this is the case with many eating disorder sufferers.  Society needs to realise that eating disorders are far bigger than simply an issue of body weight.

 

 

why dont you stop trying to anticipate and foretell something that hasnt happened to you. you are only eating 1200 cals (under the sites recommended 1500 for a man).

this post and all your other are excuses to stop you doing what you need to do. get your bloody cals up and start putting on weight. or decide that you arent ready to recover and stop having people waste their time offering you advice that really you arent going to take

Original Post by fidget84:

why dont you stop trying to anticipate and foretell something that hasnt happened to you. you are only eating 1200 cals (under the sites recommended 1500 for a man).

this post and all your other are excuses to stop you doing what you need to do. get your bloody cals up and start putting on weight. or decide that you arent ready to recover and stop having people waste their time offering you advice that really you arent going to take

hah, fidget I love how you're never afraid to tell it like it is.

(I don't know who this poster is, but perhaps I should read some of her previous posts before responding to her in the future... that goes for everyone too.)

OUCH fidget!!!  This poor girl comes on here, is scared, looking for help and that's your reply? Really?

Listen kez3, no one can force you to eat, no one can force you not to eat.  You have one life and one body, and if you under eat or over eat either way is unhealthy.  You have to make the decision to be healthy, to live the long and happy healthy life that everyone who loves you wants you to live.  Don't be afraid of switching one eating disorder for another.  To me it's all about education, and educating yourself on what is healthy and what isn't.  What a lot of people don't realize is, that being underweight is just as hard as being overweight (trust me, I've been both with my lightest at 100 lbs, and my heaviest over 200 lbs, right now I am at a healthy 129 lbs - 5'2").  My biggest thing is that I always wanted others to love me, what I need to realize is that I had to love myself first, and that is a very hard thing to do, and it's not something that someone can teach you to do, it's something you have to realize on your own.

Good luck!

Original Post by jbrownnolan:

OUCH fidget!!!  This poor girl comes on here, is scared, looking for help and that's your reply? Really?

Listen kez3, no one can force you to eat, no one can force you not to eat.  You have one life and one body, and if you under eat or over eat either way is unhealthy.  You have to make the decision to be healthy, to live the long and happy healthy life that everyone who loves you wants you to live.  Don't be afraid of switching one eating disorder for another.  To me it's all about education, and educating yourself on what is healthy and what isn't.  What a lot of people don't realize is, that being underweight is just as hard as being overweight (trust me, I've been both with my lightest at 100 lbs, and my heaviest over 200 lbs, right now I am at a healthy 129 lbs - 5'2").  My biggest thing is that I always wanted others to love me, what I need to realize is that I had to love myself first, and that is a very hard thing to do, and it's not something that someone can teach you to do, it's something you have to realize on your own.

Good luck!

 there was nothing wrong with fidget's post.

the OP is 5'8 and 120lbs (or at least WAS last time she posted.. about a month ago) but seems to think that she isn't thin enough because no one has said anything about her weight loss after losing 14lbs in 2 months. She uses the excuse that since her friend who is 5'10 and 120lbs is thinner, she doesn't as look skinny in comparison...

please people, start checking history before giving advice... there's many people on this website who ask for help, but don't take advice unless its the answer that THEY want to hear, which is often just an excuse to continue with destructive behaviours.

to the OP: it is your choice as to what you eat or don't eat, but that is not an excuse to go from one extreme to another. There is tons of information on this website and others that can help you to figure out a healthy lifestyle and eating regime, IF you are willing to comply and eat properly... stubborness will only be put up with for so long until someone calls you out on it (which fidget has already activily done)

it's your decision, do you want health or destruction?

Well carmenxox before I commented I did go back and look at her previous posts, and if I wanted to comment on them I would have, however I am commenting on THIS post.  She is obviously scared of trading one eating disorder for another and asking if it is possible for this to happen.  And with a person who has such an unhealthy relationship with food it is possible.  I am giving her advise on educating herself.  And yes (and I know it is just my opinion but), I found fidget's post harsh.  She does not need to be beaten up for asking a question.

The history WAS read!  That in mind I do agree with something that you said - "it is your choice as to what you eat or don't eat, but that is not an excuse to go from one extreme to another. There is tons of information on this website and others that can help you to figure out a healthy lifestyle and eating regime, IF you are willing to comply and eat properly"

It happened to me. I wasn't just mildly anorexic I was SEVERELY anorexic and actually came close to dying (about 2 weeks into dying according to the staff and doctors in the ICU where I was held up for 3 weeks at the hospital with a feeding tube that was surgically put into my heart while I was awake.)

I was doing well for awhile once I got home, but then I would have binges on and off...but once I gained weight I always went back into over drive. I started to relapse in 2006 (my anorexia was worst in 2005) and I didn't want to go back into the hospital so I gained the weight on my own, but in a very unhealthy manner and binged. Since then I had problems with it on and off. I got myself to a healthy weight, but back in 2007 I became depressed and stressed due to a lot of sh** going on in my life and developed serious BED. I gained 50 pounds in 3 months. (when I was already at a healthy weight.)

Being previously anorexic I didn't think developing BED was possible...but it is. I think people with EDs can go with either extreme if not possible they look for that other extreme for sense of control (or lack thereof) to console that void in their lives if something is not right. That's why therapy, I believe is very essential.

I still have my up and down days, I won't lie, more towards the BED tendencies though. I personally don't think I could ever restrict again (which is a good thing, it's just going the other way again that is the problem.)

Getting healthier though and maintaining a healthy life style for a person with a past ED is possible as well though. You just have to find that fine line between life and what you really want for yourself. You have to want to be healthy to be determined to make those changes in your life whether it be a problem with anorexia or with BED. It's a hard road, but it can be done. You just have to work hard for it and do what's best for you to recover.

At the end of every tunnel there is a light. You just have to keep making your way through that tunnel until you reach it.

I was anorexic for a very long time. In 4th grade i was chubby so i cut meat out of my diet and lost weight. So excited that I lost weight I cut ALL fats out of my diet the next year. I didnt eat anything with fat in it from 5th grade to 8th grade. If i found out i had ate something with fat in it I would have a break down. Make myself throw up, wouldnt eat for days, cried and screamed at anyone who commented on me.

In 8th grade I got to an all time low. I was about 5'5 and 87 pounds. I completely disconnected myself from the rest of the world. I wouldnt hang out with my friends because they might ask me to eat, or they would make comments about how skinny i was, or ask me why i wasnt eating. I wouldnt eat breakfast and i would have a icetea for lunch. and for dinner i would have spinch cooked in a little bit of soy sauce. And then if i was RLLY hungry i would mix ketchup and mustard together and then go throw up after I ate it. On sundays i would do what i considered binging.  I would have two cups of orange juice, some non fat saltines and my mustard and ketchup mix. then i would make sure i was done eating all that by 10 am and i would go up stairs and throw it all up. Then i wouldnt eat for the rest of the day. I also constantly took laxatives so that i would loose 5 pounds fast.

My school got involved and contacted my mom saying if she wouldnt do anything they would. My mom took me to a psychologist how put me on depression pills and sent me to a nuturtionist.( sorry about spelling)

Around the same time my mom was getting a divorce from my **** of a father and we ended up moving to the other side of the country. I started highschool, still having an eating disorder but continuing treatment with a team of doctors. freshmen year i went from 87 pounds to 145. I was devistated.

I'm now going into my senior year of highschool and weigh about 154. This is the first time in my life that I feel as if I can go on a diet and not over do it. I am so much happier now. I use to look at girls my size and think" if i ever get that big i hope i die". Despite what i use to think, i am the happiest i have ever been. I am able to have a social life now. People see pictures of me before and tell me i look much more beautiful with curves and its true. When you have an eating disorder, it takes over your whole life. You loose yourself and become the disorder. It is scary to think about gaining weight, i know. I remember when my grandma told me that I looked like i was gaining weight, when i went into treatment. I was devastated, and couldnt imagine why she would say that. The truth is she was saying it because it really was a GOOD thing.

Once you "recover" from an eating disorder you become a new person. Your able to enjoy life again. It takes time, alot of time, but it is SO worth it. You are able to live the life you use to envy. Every person with an ED wants to be that one girl(or guy) that can eat whatever they want and still look good. You will be that person! at first when you start eating youll gain weight and it will scare you. But once you reach a stable weight and a regular eating habit you will be able to eat what you want and stay the weight you are. You will be able to have a life. Go out to the movies with your friends and not worry about what happens if the popcorn gets passed your way. Go over to your boyfriends house and be able to enjoy a meal with his family. Be able to go away on vacations and not worry about what you will eat. trust me I KNOW it is scary to even think about gaining weight. but trust me it is worth it.

 

Good luck

Original Post by sbbug:

I think an unhealthy relationship with food is the source of both problems, so it seems easy to swing from one extreme to the other over time.

i think this is completely true but i also think that ED's point to a dissatisfaction with the self in general; let's not forget just how often they come tacked along to things like substance abuse or self harm or nymphomania.

as someone who has struggled with her weight for well over a decade, swinging between anorexia and being overweight, the one thing i have found that keeps my cycles of overeating and starving myself in check is weighing myself on a daily basis, and giving myself a range of 5lbs that i need to stay within. 

i don't think that the problem in ones head ever really goes away, but if you can keep them there without letting it affect your body any further, then you're already one step ahead.

also, exercise helps- getting that rush of endorphins is such a boost to self confidence!

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This happened to me.  I have been anorexic for years, but just recently started binging. At 74 pounds, I had to go to an inpatient/residential treatment center.  When I got out (98 pounds and still supposed to gain weight) , I started bingeing (I told myself that because I had to gain weight anyway, it was okay, but then it didn't stop) and gained about 30 pounds. Now I have stabilised my eating some, but I still rock back and forth between binging and starving.  

I think it depends on the person and whether they continue getting treatment even if their ED starts to turn into BED (hey, that rhymes).  Too often, from what I have seen, it is explained away as a "phase" of recovery "that everyone goes through". Sometimes this is the case, but I don't think bingeing gets the attention it needs until you have gained to much weight, when it has gone on so long it's harder to stop. 

This is very common. ED people tend to go from one extreme to another.

But it is not as bad as continuing with anorexia, and if you get help, bingeing should not be too much of a problem.  I know you're probably scared of gaining too much weight, but weight can go up or down. Eating an amount that is healthy for you, no matter what weight you are at, is very important

 

This happened to me too... I went from 84 lbs to 210... Simply by binging out of comfort over what had happened and how I couldnt rid myself of the ed thoughts I had every morning. I thought the food would shut the thoughts up. After that, I began dieting again and im about 109lbs now and 5'4 which is a little underweight but Im struggling now to gain because I began undereating when I hit about 126lbs... I eat about 1800 cals now and trying to up it to 1900 to maintain which is hard because I dont trust myself with food anymore. Start to look at food as a part of life and not your entire life. Best of luck

I am actually going through the same thing right now.. I think I need a therapist.. I just dont really know how thats going to help

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