mandz123 (mandz123) wrote in ed_ucate,


Part 1

--Age: 20 (as of tomorrow)

--Gender: Female

--How I found my way here: Reference from a member of another community.

--Questions/comments/concerns: I'm excited to have found a place where I can get an educated opinion.

Part 2 (disordered members only)

--ED: Yes... I'm not exactly comfortable with self-diagnosing myself so that's the only true answer I can give. My habits encompass elements of a number of the categories provided so I'm really not sure just where I fit. My ED developed in my last year of highschool and ever since I moved out to go to University it's been a constant battle between my body, my wants and common sense.

Edit: A couple people suggested I add some of the questions that do apply so here it is...

"Bulimirexia" [[Anorexia - binge/purging type]]

[1] Is your bmi less than 17.5? Yes.
[2] Are you terrified of gaining weight or getting fat? Yes.
[3] Does your weight/size/shape influence how you feel about yourself? Yes.
[4] Have you missed your period for the past three months? No.
[5] Do you eat more food in a binge than most people would eat in the same amount of time? Yes.
[6] Do you lose control during the binge episode? Sort of... I know it's a binge when it happens.
[7] Have you binged and compensated (purge/lax/fast/excessive exercise) at least twice a week, every week for three months? No - binges come at random intervals with periods of fasting/drug abuse to compensate.

Orthorexia Nervosa

[1] Do you feel superior to people who eat "improper food"? Yes.
[2] Are you obsessed with making healthy, pure, and proper food? Yes and no - I have a very unique sense of what makes something a "proper" food (and proper doesn't necessarily equal healthy).
[3] Is eating the "right" kind of food a primary focus of your life? Yes, but secondary to being thin.

I am not sure if I qualify as Orthorexic since my concept of proper, acceptable foods isn't necessarily healthy. But I am obsessive about the preparation of food and rarely allow others to cook for me (unless during a binge period when I stop caring or at home where I try to conceal my behavior from my parents). I am wary of processed foods, preferring to make everything myself from scratch and only so long as it doesn't mix too many foods together. Items with multiple ingredients give me the impression that I am eating a lot and lead to feelings of guilt and shame.

Sorry for the long explanation, but that's me :)

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