What is anorexia? Is it the same as bulimia? Can a person have both?

What is anorexia and is it the same as bulimia? Can a person have both? Anorexia is characterized by self-imposed starvation, a loss of 15% to 25% of usual body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, laxative abuse, excessive exercising, a distorted perception of body image, and an absence of a menstrual cycle. The...

I have been suffering of anorexia for as long as I can remember.

I have been suffering from anorexia for as long as I can remember. I spent 9 weeks in Renfrew and about 2 years going to a Registered Dietitian. I fear to put food in my mouth for I am afraid that it will turn to fat. I also see two therapists each week and...

I knew about the laxative recall so am thinking about taking water pills to fight the bloat.

I knew about the laxative recall. For awhile some of the laxatives were not on the market. I won't be going back to Renfrew. There is something about going back to a place where I spent 9 weeks back in 1992. The reason for the 105 is to fit back into pre-Renfrew pants. I looked...

I talked with somebody from the Help line and they got me thru the worst part.

I talked with somebody from the Helpline and they got me thru the worst part. Going back the dietitian would be hard for me since I don't do what she wants me to do. Thanks for talking with me you are helping me get things off my chest and out of my body and...

I had to call a crisis line for help.

Thanks for the support and advice. I do try to share my problems with my boyfriend. Even though he is there for me, he doesn't understand. Thursday I had to call a crisis line for help. I wouldn't want to die, but I reached out for help. I didn't like doing that, but that...

She wants to lose another 20 pounds through excessive exercising and purging.

I wrote you yesterday about a friend. She is 5 feet 4 inches and weighs 100 pounds. As you said she showed signs of bulimia/anorexia. I approached her and used all methods. She even said her doctor was concerned. She refuses help. She wants to lose another 20 pounds through excessive exercising and purging....

What can I do to help someone I know who is really thin and she probably has anorexia?

I know someone who is really thin and she probably has anorexia. What can I do to help? If the person is under age 18, a parent can bring the teen in for treatment. However, if the person is over age 18, you should encourage them to seek help. Tell them they look unhealthy or...

I exercise everyday for 2 1/2 hours.

I do exercise every day for 2 1/2 hours. I eat very carefully. Yes, I am addicted to laxatives. I am afraid of what will happen if I stop. The dietitian I use to see (for more than 2 years) tells me that I am killing my insides that my bowels will stop working and...

Do you know what happens to the body when laxatives are overused?

Do you know what happens to the body when laxatives are overused? I am using 5 pills every night for the last few years. Lately, I am been waking up in middle of the night with terrible stomach pains. I am wondering if the laxatives have an impact on my stomach. Don't tell me to...

I am hoping that with all this support I can pull myself out of this hole.

I have also been in contact with the dietitian that I use to see twice a month. I am hoping that with all this support I can pull myself out of this hole that I am in. I want to be able to eat like a normal person. I get enough exercise so calories...

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