December 13th, 2006

artsy

Proposal.

I propose a new word:

Paraxenorexia.
(Xenorexia?)

It means "abnormal appetite". It would be my new word for an eating disorder in which the person is neither consciously restrictive nor feeling a need to purge -- instead, it sums up the people in the category of EDNOS who just eat strange foods because they percieve them as somehow "safe" or "better" or "more pleasing". Also, I think it'd be a good category for people who tend to force themselves to eat because they recognize their lack of eating as a bad thing. The term, while itself has nothing to do with weight, does not exclude people who change their eating habits specifically for the purpose of losing or gaining weight. I guess a good way to paraphrase would be to say that paraxenorexia would be a good word for a disorder in which people are constantly fighting themselves, and thus cannot quite be pinpointed in any particular mental area.

For example, if I crave ice cream, I'll eat that instead of chicken breast because even though I know deep down that chicken breast is probably healthier for me, I also recognize that ice cream is psychologically better for me at the time and will prevent binging, or that perhaps I crave something in the ice cream which makes it better for me than the chicken. Conversely, I sometimes skip out on the ice cream and force myself to eat something else like chicken breast because I also know that cravings may be deceiving and that I may really only need vitamin B.

You could say that "paraxenorexia" sums up someone who recognizes what they want to eat and what they should eat as two different things, yet can't quite determine which foods are which -- what they want to eat vs. what they should eat -- thus tend to go for strange combinations. We could call it xenorexia for short.

I'm xenorexic.

What do you think? Did I explain this very well? Should we push for further categorization within EDNOS? I think we should. That is the worst, most lazy categorization in which probably 70% of the adolescent and young adult population in America fit.

*Note: Xenorexia is actually apparently already the "deliberate swallowing of foreign bodies, such as needles, pens or spoons," however it doesn't seem to be listed in my Medical Dictionary. I don't think the term has been officially adopted. Any other suggestions for terms? I still like it.
the last unicorn
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so what's the deal with calories?

my mind went for a thoughtful spiral as it tends to do, and calories, while constantly in my head, went into a more scientific sequence of thoughts.

for instance, 3,500 calories is the approximate number equivalent to 1 human pound (that is, people eating a general diet of 2000ish calories). but in order to gain a pound, you would need to consume a pound. or more. because like the matter-of-science goes, matter cannot be created (or destroyed). so the weight would have to come from somewhere.

let's say, hypothetically speaking, there was a... mint. yes, a mint. like a tic tac, that was 3,500 calories. and i, or anyone, ate one a day. just the mint. would you lose weight? it's just a tiny mint, after all. maintain weight? gain weight, albeit gradually?

there is also supposedly no difference between liquid calories and solid calories, but then i thought... if i drank 2000 calories of Coke all day, and nothing but coke, what would happen then? i'd just be caffeinated and peeing a lot. if i ate 2000 calories of cinnamon buns vegetables (i don't know, anything with calories but without fat), it would show. again: would i lose? maintain? gain? assuming i did the same activities most days.

this may sound silly but.. any thoughts?


(x-posted)
sashabath

Viewing binging/overeating as an addiction.

Hi all. =]


So, after almost 2 years of dealing with BED/COE, and the past year I've held offto the point where I'd be labelled ED-NOS, though still binging/overeating more than I would like, I'm really really perplexed as to how I am ever going to get over this. I am at my wit's end, really. I've tried food journals, delaying eating more (20 mins, 30 mins, etc), distractions (reading, hobbies, going out, etc)... it seems like I've tried EVERYTHING. And nothing's really "cured" me of this.
ETA: I have also been in therapy (dietician, ED specialist, counsellor, psychiatrist).


However, lately I've gotten the idea to treat this as an addiction rather than an aspect of disorder - maybe it makes it seem easier to overcome? Anyways, I've been reading books on getting over addiction, and I don't know... I think a support group might be helpful. Has anyone ever been to/used Overeaters Anonymous or something similar? And what were your experiences?

How do you feel about viewing binging/overeating as an addiction?

(Mods, I know that there is a topic dealing with OA in the memories, but there wasn't a lot in the way of responses, so I figured I'd bring it up again.)