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[ Eating disorder? ]

HorseLover - girl - 15 ans (3 October 2008)

Hi Tel-Jeunes, I need advice on eating properly. I lost around 20 pounds in about 6 months. Since then I am very frightened to re-gain that weight but at the same time every time I eat I feel so overweight. Even though some days I accept myself I don't like the way I look. I feel much bigger than I really am. I don't like to eat at school so I avoid it as much as possible because I don't want people to think I eat too much. If I do eat at school I get very scared that I put on weight. Is this the start of an eating disorder? if yes any advice? Hope you can help:)

Tel-jeunes’ answer

Hello HorseLover! Writing to us was a good idea.

You have a very nice capacity to explain what you’re going through. I understand you would like to know if you should worry about this situation. Did you know that only a doctor can diagnose an eating disorder? Tell me, do you think this situation is problematic? Do you feel like, if you let it go, it might get worse and dangerous for you? Sometimes, we don’t feel the need to get help at the beginning. We don’t necessarily feel like the situation is a problem. But when we let it go, we take the risk that it will get worse and harder to go get help. What do you think? You know HorseLover, writing to us tells me that you’re worried about this situation. Am I right?

Consequences of not eating are important. Did you know that it can in fact lead to an eating disorder? Also, it can lead to health deficiency that will follow you for the rest of your life. That’s alarming, knowing your health is the only one you’ll have for the rest of your life, don’t you think?

It is important that you don’t stay alone with this situation. You could talk about it with your school’s nurse or counsellor. You could also call the Association québécoise d’aide aux personnes souffrant d’anorexie nerveuse et boulimie at 1 800 630-0907.

Remember we are there for you 24/7 at 1 800 263-2266. Don’t hesitate to call us. Take care!


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