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Bonesy
I found this article very interesting. I couldn't find any eating disorder topics!

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Female athletes and exercisers tend to exhibit eating disorder symptoms more often than those who don't exercise as regularly, U.S. researchers said.

The study by researchers at the University of Denver is one of the first to document that women participating in athletic competition and have sports anxiety likely will experience eating disorder symptoms, the International Journal of Eating Disorders, which published the research, said Monday in a news release.

The study of 274 female college undergraduates examined whether differences in eating disorder symptoms exist between women depending on the level of their athletic-exercise activities. The participants also completed several questionnaires about attitudes and behaviors related to eating disorders, self esteem and sports anxiety.

Data suggested coaches and athletic departments of competitive athletes should be watching for sports-related anxiety because these athletes may be at higher risk for eating disorder symptoms than women who are less anxious about their performance and those not involved in competitive athletics, the researchers said.

"As women's participation in athletics increases, so too does the need for awareness of the link between eating disorders and sports participation among women.," said Jill Holm-Denoma of the University of Denver, lead author of the study.


From: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2008/07/28/Eating_disorder_risk_sports_anxiety_tied/UPI-75271217284444/
killerqueen
As a high-school girl, I can affirm this is very true. What people don't understand is that Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa are not to be taken lightly. I've been starving for about twenty days now. Have eaten about 50-100 calories a day. I'm in pain, I'm weak, I have a splitting migraine; but surprisingly, I feel good. And when you feel you can't take it anymore you distract yourself with a razorblade. I know it's no good for me and my body. I know this can lead to some serious problems. I know everything about it. Anorexics are not stupid, they do know it's bad- but it's a big black pool where you can't get out with just knowing it's no good.
HamsterMan
The way our society is so focused on non-working diets and losing weight doesn't help much either.

Just eat plenty and healthy, and exercise. And stop focusing on your weight.
deanhills
killerqueen wrote:
As a high-school girl, I can affirm this is very true. What people don't understand is that Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa are not to be taken lightly. I've been starving for about twenty days now. Have eaten about 50-100 calories a day. I'm in pain, I'm weak, I have a splitting migraine; but surprisingly, I feel good. And when you feel you can't take it anymore you distract yourself with a razorblade. I know it's no good for me and my body. I know this can lead to some serious problems. I know everything about it. Anorexics are not stupid, they do know it's bad- but it's a big black pool where you can't get out with just knowing it's no good.


Ahhhhh, I'm so sorry to read this. Nobody can give advice, as it is such an isolated world to live in. I hope and pray that you can find a light somewhere and a point of desperation that can give you courage and motivation to get better. When you do, hope you will reach out to people who can help you, as there are so many specialists in this area, but obviously who can only help you, when you have got to the point where you need the help and can ask for it. I hope that happens very very SOON for you.
catscratches
HamsterMan wrote:
The way our society is so focused on non-working diets and losing weight doesn't help much either.

Just eat plenty and healthy, and exercise. And stop focusing on your weight.
Not to mention all the stupid BMI tests everywhere. -.-
deanhills
catscratches wrote:
Not to mention all the stupid BMI tests everywhere. -.-


That is so true. I have never had enough patience to get to grips with BMI tests, nor to apply them to my weight. Only two things work for me. Good old-fashioned scale, a digital one with large digits so that I cannot cheat Smile and my clothes.
killerqueen
deanhills wrote:
killerqueen wrote:
As a high-school girl, I can affirm this is very true. What people don't understand is that Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa are not to be taken lightly. I've been starving for about twenty days now. Have eaten about 50-100 calories a day. I'm in pain, I'm weak, I have a splitting migraine; but surprisingly, I feel good. And when you feel you can't take it anymore you distract yourself with a razorblade. I know it's no good for me and my body. I know this can lead to some serious problems. I know everything about it. Anorexics are not stupid, they do know it's bad- but it's a big black pool where you can't get out with just knowing it's no good.


Ahhhhh, I'm so sorry to read this. Nobody can give advice, as it is such an isolated world to live in. I hope and pray that you can find a light somewhere and a point of desperation that can give you courage and motivation to get better. When you do, hope you will reach out to people who can help you, as there are so many specialists in this area, but obviously who can only help you, when you have got to the point where you need the help and can ask for it. I hope that happens very very SOON for you.


It's really nice to hear that, thanks a lot- seriously.
RubySlasher
how the hell can you not eat normally for 20 days straight, do you live in an ice cave?






just curious :(
killerqueen
RubySlasher wrote:
how the hell can you not eat normally for 20 days straight, do you live in an ice cave?






just curious Sad


Heh, at first it's difficult because you're used to eating certain amount of calories that you dramatically cut off to aproximately 200-500 per day. You have splitting headaches, you don't sleep at all, you live on coffee and lettuce, you're weak, etc. But after the first week you get used to it, and food becomes your enemy.
Anyways, I do not recommend this to anyone. Because when you reach your goal- you eat what you didn't eat in those twenty days. Also known as bingeing, which is not healthy at all. Then you drop weight again, then you gain it, you drop it again- and so on. In some cases, like mine, you control your hunger- in other words, you trick your brain. Problem is, you can't get out.
RubySlasher
do you ever feel inclined to eat ketchup on that lettuce?
driftingfe3s
Hey killerqueen have you ever tried seeking help for your eating disorder? There's probably someone you can talk to at your school that can help you and keep everything confidential.
killerqueen
driftingfe3s wrote:
Hey killerqueen have you ever tried seeking help for your eating disorder? There's probably someone you can talk to at your school that can help you and keep everything confidential.


Yes, I've been going to a psychologist for about two weeks now- and, at first I was a bit skeptical about it; but now I must admit it's really worth it. I'm definitely eating more (it's still very little, but more than what I used to). So, yeah- I recommend everyone with an eating disorder to go treat themselves.
napster52
It is found that eating disorders are seen more in females because they consume less food and go on dieting for keeping their body slim. Because of this they suffer from diseases like Anorexia or Bulimia.

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deanhills
napster52 wrote:
It is found that eating disorders are seen more in females because they consume less food and go on dieting for keeping their body slim. Because of this they suffer from diseases like Anorexia or Bulimia.


I tend to agree with this statement but cannot wonder how many men who are suffering with this disease, cannot come out of the closet to say they are suffering of the disease, as it is not the macho thing to do. So perhaps the stats can be a little tainted by that. But yes, it is mostly a female issue to do with self-image and controlling (or thinking they are in control) the way they look. I can imagine it would affect many gymnasts, as there is lots of pressure to look and perform perfectly. Also modelling. And everyone dreaming to be models and movie stars.
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