She insisted I had an eating disorder. I think she's wrong. But, since she knows her stuff, I thought I'd get a bunch of second opinions on this. Plus, I don't want to claim anything without at least getting many opinions & I'm not sure I would want to claim something anyway. :/
Here's the criteria from ed_ucate's memories:
Eating Disorder Criteria
Refusal to maintain body weight over a minimum normal weight for age and height (i.e. weight loss leading to body weight 15% below that expected… or…failure to make expected weight gain during a period of growth, leading to body weight 15% below that expected.) I am not medically underweight.
Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat even though underweight. I am not underweight, but I am afraid to gain weight..
Disturbance in the way in which one's body weight, size or shape is experienced, undue influence of body shape and weight on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of low body weight. The way I experience my body is probably inaccurate...but I'm not sure how distorted my thinking is. I still have days (a few) that I can look in the mirror & think I look pretty/ok/not too fat.
In females, absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles when otherwise expected to occur (primary or secondary amenorrhoea). Nope. Never experienced this.
Restricting Type: During the current episode of Anorexia Nervosa, the person has not regularly engaged in binge-eating or purging behaviour (i.e. self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics or enemas)
Binge-Eating/Purging Type: During the current episode of Anorexia Nervosa, the person has regularly engaged in binge-eating or purging behaviour (i.e. self induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics or enemas). I take laxatives, stackers & ephedrine. Laxatives less than once a week, and the diet pills probably 4 or 5 days out of 7.
-->Do you have a BMI of less than 17.5?
-->Have you lost your period for more than 3 months?
-->Are you terrified of being fat?
Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)
Disorders that do not meet the criteria for a specific eating disorder.
All the criteria for anorexia nervosa are met, except the individual has regular menses or despite significant weight loss, the individual's current weight is within the normal range. I don't meet either of those criteria.
All the criteria for bulimia nervosa are met except binges occur at a frequency of less than twice a week or a duration of less than three months.
An individual of normal body weight who regularly engages in inappropriate compensatory behaviour after eating small amounts of food (e.g. self induced vomiting after the consumption of two biscuits). This is where the laxatives come in. I can't purge. I try sometimes, but am always unable to do so. It's always after a reasonable amount of food, usually a meal out with friends or something.
An individual who repeatedly chews and spits out, but does not swallow, large amounts of food. Nope.
-->Do you qualify for anorexia except you still get your period?
-->Do you qualify for anorexia except you have a BMI greater than 17.5?
-->Do you qualify for bulimia except you binge less than twice a week?
-->Do you qualify for bulimia except you "compensate" (purge, exercise, fast) after small portions?
So, I thought okay "Ed-Nos". But I don't fit really any of the requirements.
Here's some facts about me:
Most days I aim for 1000 or under calories & usually hit it, but then have days where I eat 'normally' as well, those days are about 1500 calories.
I take laxatives, diet pills & smoke (because I'm addicted, and so I don't eat).
I count calories of everything I eat and write it down.
I fast occasionally.
I used to cut sometimes when I ate too much, but I haven't cut in about 8 months.
I think of myself as fat. Not medically speaking, but fat compared to my ideal.
I am 5'2" & weigh 106 lbs. My BMI is therefore 19.4. In order to have an 'anorexic' bmi, I need to weigh 94 lbs. The lowest weight I have been since I started obsessing/dieting/whatever was 98.
Alright, so there we have it.
I'm just interested in opinions.
FYI: This isn't so I can run around telling people...oooh! I'm diagnosed! I have an eating disorder. It's not for the attention. It's just for peace of mind.
Thanks so much & if this isn't allowed, my apologizes and delete the post.