January 5th, 2007


triggering diet attacks online

Is anyone on AOL?

For several years now I've found the Welcome Screen's attempts to greet me with diet progoganda and related fear tactics (e.g. "Why You May Gain Weight In Your Sleep Without Knowing It" or "Calories Sneak In Where They're Not Expected") very triggering, not to mention obnoxious.

Is there any way to designate the information one wants on their Welcome Screen? AOL says you can customize your screen so I changed mine from the general option to Black Voices and to Latin Voices (though I'm white!) and even to Smalll Business to try to see if the diet section would disapear, but no such luck. Apparantly blacks, hispanics and small business owners are yo-yo dieting as well. :/

Anyone else feel attacked by such messages? Of course it's on TV and the radio, but one can turn those off. With school and my internship, it's quite tough to turn off the internet!!

*feels irritated*


this could explain why the old-school anti-d i'm on is helping me recover from BN!

Since their discovery in the 1950s, tricyclic antidepressants have been used to treat mental depression [& migraine headaches]. Like other antidepressant drugs, they reduce symptoms such as extreme sadness, hopelessness, and lack of energy. Some tricyclic antidepressants are also used to treat bulimia, cocaine withdrawal, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, certain types of chronic pain, and bed-wetting in children.

- http://healthresources.caremark.com/topic/antideptri

of course, tricyclic anti-ds, though generally cheap, can have negative side effects & interactions w/other drugs. there may be other reasons NOT to take them. and i'm in no way qualified to prescribe or make sweeping conclusions about them(!).
i'm not claiming that they're the BEST drugs (or even anti-d) to treat depression, either (i know some people try prozac) and i'm just sharing b/c this could be interesting or useful info to others...
i've been taking 50 mg of imipramine per day for a little over a month now.

some more links* on this subject:


(*or you could just use google :-)

x-posted to my journal.
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previously anorexic, currently "overweight"?

Anyone interested in starting a community for those who have been clinically anorexic in the past and are currently overweight?

There's lots of support here and I love this group, but it almost seems like there are issues "overweight", "recovered" anorexics face that others in recovery might not deal with (e.g. trying to feel more healthy or being told by doctors to shed pounds without launching back into anorexia, etc.)

I don't relate to many in regular communities for those trying to get more "in shape" (I don't believe in "dieting") because most of them don't, at any moment, feel on the verge of becoming anorexic again, and most have no experience with trying to resist bulimia. Know what I mean?

Or maybe just a place to feel less alone? I'm not saying at all to leave this group, which I adore! Maybe just an additional more specific one? I just don't know if there are enough people, though I seem to see some pop up here and there.

We could just post about our experiences, feelings, etc. I know I don't write about stuff pertaining to EDs in my own, personal LJ anymore (though I should remedy that!)

Just a thought.