March 14th, 2006

created by pureglasscup

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I just saw a programme on Five (in the UK) about a woman who lost 420lb (30 stone) and had to have surgery to remove excess skin. Something I picked up on though, was the fact that she began to comfort-eat as a coping mechanism for being sexually abused. Her sister, who she highly suspected had also suffered abuse from the same man, was anorexic.

Two sisters, two opposing responses. Why do you think they developed the exact opposite (opposite in terms of weight and image, at least) disorders as a result of the same abuse? She mentioned that she thought if she got fatter and fatter, her abuser would be so repulsed by her that he wouldn't want to touch her anymore. Do you think the same could apply to the sister? Has anyone had, or known anyone whose ED has been directly linked with sexual abuse?

(If talking about sex in relation to EDs isn't allowed, then please strike that last question.)

Thoughts?
summer by _iiicons

bulimia question

I have been anorexic for six years with occasional but (until now) rare bulimic episodes. Ever since I came back to college in January I have been engaging in bulimic behaviors regularly. On average, I binge and purge on 4 days of the week; on these days there are usually between 2 and 4 binge-purge episodes. The other days of the week I heavily restrict and/or fast. Obviously this has been causing me a lot of emotional distress so recently I've just started getting into bed and trying to sleep after each binge-purge episode. The past few days when I've been lying there my heart has been beating really really intensely and rapidly to the point where it scares me. Later in the day it's back to its usual very slow (well below average) rate. Does anyone know what this means and if I should be immediately really worried? I had hoped to finish my semester and then seek intensive treatment (my anorexia had gotten very serious last semester) but I'm starting to wonder if I should just withdraw from school immediately and put myself in the hospital (I have been hospitalized twice in the past for anorexia). I guess my real question though is if it safe for me to stay here at school for two more months given the condition of my heart and the fact that I have tried so hard to stop these viscious cycles but to no avail. If this is an inappropriate post feel free to delete.