Eating Disorders FAQ - Questions & Answers

196 Questions
Last Updated: January 16th, 2018

How can i control my food intake in healthy amounts?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: January 16th, 2018

Why i cannot be skinny like every girl ?

Answers: 15 | Last Answer: January 16th, 2018

Can I still have an eating disorder if I am considered as obese or overweight?

Answers: 29 | Last Answer: January 15th, 2018

How can I start loving my body?

Answers: 17 | Last Answer: January 15th, 2018

I want to be healthy and feel well-fed. Why don't I ever have the desire to eat?

Answers: 3 | Last Answer: January 15th, 2018

How do you stop seeing food as comfort and pleasure rather than fuel (as it is supposed to be) ?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: January 15th, 2018

What are the consequences of vomiting on a regular basis?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: January 15th, 2018

How do you stop the urge to make yourself throw up?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: January 15th, 2018

What does it mean when I feel that I have to "work off" every bit of food that I eat?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: January 15th, 2018

Can you be thin and have a binge eating disorder?

Answers: 76 | Last Answer: January 10th, 2018

How do you control those thoughts you get when you are scared of eating?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: January 9th, 2018

Why can't I stop being hungry?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: January 9th, 2018

Is it possible to have a binge eating disorder but still be skinny?

Answers: 61 | Last Answer: January 8th, 2018

Why do I have dips in my recovery and sink back to old habits for a day or so?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: January 8th, 2018

Why can't I decide if I want to get better or not?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: January 8th, 2018

Is it normal not to know what is the portion a normal person eats?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: January 6th, 2018

What is body dysmorphia?

Answers: 61 | Last Answer: January 6th, 2018

Why can't I eat as much as I used to?

Answers: 29 | Last Answer: January 4th, 2018

Why can't I stop the wanting of throwing up my food?

Answers: 29 | Last Answer: December 31st, 2017

If you don't eat because of stress, or you just genuinely don't want to eat, what kind of eating disorder would this be classed as?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: December 18th, 2017

Is skinny always considered a compliment?

Answers: 58 | Last Answer: December 14th, 2017

What's the best way of feeling confortable with your body and diet?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: December 12th, 2017

What will happen if I don't go to the gym today, or eat over my caloric limit?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: December 11th, 2017

How do I know when I am recovered ?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: December 5th, 2017

Is it normal for me to eat one meal per day?

Answers: 13 | Last Answer: December 5th, 2017

At what point do you think it is time to get help for an eating disorder?

Answers: 21 | Last Answer: December 4th, 2017

I feel guilt and regret after I eat anything substantial. How can I remove remorse from my diet?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: December 3rd, 2017

How can I control my eating when I have impulse control issues?

Answers: 29 | Last Answer: December 1st, 2017

How do I leave a toxic relationship?

Answers: 49 | Last Answer: November 29th, 2017

How can I tell others that that even though I am a male and not effeminate, I also have an eating disorder?

Answers: 15 | Last Answer: November 28th, 2017

Why cant I just eat when I'm hungry? Why does it have to be so hard?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: November 28th, 2017

Is it normal to binge eat in recovery from anorexia or does that mean you are developing another eating disorder ?

Answers: 20 | Last Answer: November 28th, 2017

How can I stop hating my body?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: November 27th, 2017

How do I stop thinking about the weight that I am gaining while I become healthy again?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: November 27th, 2017

My friend says she throughs up food after eating, what do I do?

Answers: 1 | Last Answer: November 22nd, 2017

what do "normal" people eat?

Answers: 19 | Last Answer: November 21st, 2017

What should I do if my family and friends don't think I have a eating disorder but I think I do ?

Answers: 15 | Last Answer: November 20th, 2017

Can I still say I have an eating disorder if I starve myself but don't care about my weight?

Answers: 1 | Last Answer: November 20th, 2017

How do I respond to people who tell me to "just eat something"?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: November 20th, 2017

Where can I find support for my problem with orthorexia?

Answers: 1 | Last Answer: November 17th, 2017

At what point did you decide to begin recovery? And how have you dealt with the slips and relapses?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: November 15th, 2017

What is the best way to learn and practice self love in order to heal?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: November 14th, 2017

At what point does a extreme diet become a eating disorder ?

Answers: 27 | Last Answer: November 14th, 2017

How do I ask for help when I've denied the ED for so long?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: November 14th, 2017

Why is it I'm hungry, but when I go to eat absolutely nothing looks appealing. And the thought of eating it brings me near to tears. Does anyone else get this or am I weird?

Answers: 1 | Last Answer: November 9th, 2017

How do I stop overeating when I'm eating alone and stop undereating when I'm eating with other people around?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: November 7th, 2017

Is it okay to starve myself for the benefit of my aesthetic appearance?

Answers: 24 | Last Answer: November 7th, 2017

What's the best way to stop emotional eating?

Answers: 17 | Last Answer: October 29th, 2017

How can I stop purging every time I feel anxious?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: October 23rd, 2017

How can I push myself to eat as normal people do?

Answers: 14 | Last Answer: October 16th, 2017

How can I give up control of my eating disorder without moving on to another unhealthy coping skill?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: October 9th, 2017

Can eating to much be an eating disorder?

Answers: 31 | Last Answer: September 26th, 2017

I feel everyone is looking at me which makes me overly conscious of my body, but how can I overcome that?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: September 19th, 2017

What is the best way to maintain healthy eating during recovery?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: September 19th, 2017

How do I stop thinking about calories?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: September 19th, 2017

How can I realize that I am more important than fitting into society's standards?

Answers: 5 | Last Answer: September 12th, 2017

Why can't I just be like most of the people I see who somehow manage to approach eating more rationally than I do?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: September 12th, 2017

How can I make my body look less fat?

Answers: 19 | Last Answer: September 4th, 2017

How can I stop using food as a control mechanism?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: August 22nd, 2017

How can I support someone with an eating disorder without making them feel embarrassed or patronized?

Answers: 14 | Last Answer: August 21st, 2017

Why is it so difficult to see past your eating disorder and see yourself as more than your eating disorder?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: August 7th, 2017

I tend to eat alot when am depressed any suggestions what to do other then eating?

Answers: 14 | Last Answer: July 25th, 2017

Why do I feel so fat when I keep losing weight?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: July 18th, 2017

Why do I binge eat?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: July 18th, 2017

How can you tell the difference between having an eating disorder and just having a smaller issue involving eating?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: July 17th, 2017

Why can't I stop eating or stop the craving for food?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: July 11th, 2017

How skinny is too skinny?

Answers: 24 | Last Answer: July 11th, 2017

How can i start eating again?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: July 11th, 2017

Will eating ever feel natural for me?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: July 4th, 2017

How do I talk to my boyfriend about my EDNOS?

Answers: 1 | Last Answer: July 4th, 2017

Why is it sometimes so hard to control your appetite, either eating too much or not eating at all?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: June 20th, 2017

Why don't people understand that you don't have to be skinny to have an eating disorder?

Answers: 18 | Last Answer: June 19th, 2017

What are some things to start eating when you haven't eaten for such a long time?

Answers: 14 | Last Answer: June 12th, 2017

Why can't I stop myself from checking the number of calories?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: June 1st, 2017

How can I stop the binge-purge cycle?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: May 29th, 2017

How can you explain to people that weight restoration does not mean that you no longer have a eating disorder?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: May 16th, 2017

How can I know I have an eating disorder?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: May 8th, 2017

what's the best way to stop binge eating ?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: April 25th, 2017

How do I explain to co-workers that I am avoiding going out for lunch with them because I'm embarrassed that I can't eat.

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: April 24th, 2017

When do frequent weigh-ins become too much of a problem/obsession?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: April 18th, 2017

I lost over 100lbs in just a few months, but no one, not even my doctor, questioned my eating habits because I still wasn't under weight. Does this mean I don't have an eating disorder because I'm not sick enough to be underweight?

Answers: 19 | Last Answer: April 17th, 2017

How can I explain my binge eating disorder (binges without purges) to others?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: April 17th, 2017

Why don't I see the same image in the mirror that others see of me?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: April 10th, 2017

Why can't I get out of the habit of skipping meals or restricting my eating even when I'm feeling good about myself?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: April 4th, 2017

Why can't I look at myself without seeing the most horrible thing ever?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: April 4th, 2017

Why are people more willing to help you recover from self harm than an eating disorder?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: April 4th, 2017

Why do I still feel fat even though I lost weight?

Answers: 15 | Last Answer: April 3rd, 2017

How can i be sure its really a problem?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: March 28th, 2017

Is there any possible way I can make myself hungry when I really don't want to eat?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: March 27th, 2017

How can I stop my stop comparing myself to other people with eating disorders and/or stop using pro- eating disorder websites.

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: March 27th, 2017

What's the best way to overcome feeling like eating is a bad thing?

Answers: 5 | Last Answer: March 20th, 2017

Once you start binging/purging, why is it so hard to stop?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: March 20th, 2017

Why do I see this fat appearance when in reality I'm underweight?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: March 14th, 2017

Why do I always deny that I have a problem?

Answers: 16 | Last Answer: March 13th, 2017

How can I look in the mirror and finally appreciate my body?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: March 13th, 2017

Why can't I stop thinking about the need of losing weight?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: March 7th, 2017

How can I stop feeling like I am really overweight when in reality I am underweight?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: February 28th, 2017

Why is it so difficult to stop bad habits related to an eating disorder?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: February 28th, 2017

Is being a gymaholic related to eating disorders ?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: February 15th, 2017

Other people can go without eating, why don't I have that kind of self control?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: February 14th, 2017

Why can't I just love and/or accept myself?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: February 14th, 2017

Why do I stop eating when I am feeling stressed about my relationship?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: February 14th, 2017

Is there a midpoint between normal eating and anorexia?

Answers: 15 | Last Answer: February 14th, 2017

Why do I wake up telling myself not to eat?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: February 7th, 2017

Is it an eating disorder if I eat when I am bored or sad?

Answers: 16 | Last Answer: February 7th, 2017

Why am I not allowed to eat what I like?

Answers: 4 | Last Answer: January 10th, 2017

Why do I binge and purge even though it makes me feel awful?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: January 3rd, 2017

How do I stop eating so much?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: January 3rd, 2017

Why do I think of food as the one stop solution for all the problems in my life?

Answers: 18 | Last Answer: December 27th, 2016

Why do I constantly think about food?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: December 24th, 2016

Why do I attach morality to what foods I eat?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: December 19th, 2016

What is the best way to control anxiety triggered by being around food?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: December 12th, 2016

Has anyone else suffered with overeating/binge eating disorder and how have you been able to overcome it?

Answers: 4 | Last Answer: December 6th, 2016

why can't i stop purging, i don't binge eat ever but i always make myself throw up, it's constantly on my mind.

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: December 5th, 2016

How can I make myself stop thinking that food is the enemy?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: November 29th, 2016

When does 'emotional eating' turn into a full blown eating disorder ?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: November 15th, 2016

Am I a bad person for starving myself on purpose when so many people don't have enough to eat in the world?

Answers: 16 | Last Answer: November 15th, 2016

How can stop an habit of purge after I have been duing it for so long?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: November 15th, 2016

How can I stop the obsessive, all-or-nothing disordered eating habits?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: November 14th, 2016

Why do I feel like I need to fill a gap when I'm overeating?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: November 8th, 2016

Why can't I see my body for what it actually looks like?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: November 8th, 2016

What is the best way to prevent relapse?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: November 8th, 2016

Is it normal to have more than one eating disorder?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: November 7th, 2016

Why do I hate food?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: November 7th, 2016

Do other people even think about calories, or am I some kind of freak?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: November 7th, 2016

Am I eating because I am hungry or am I eating only because I am bored?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: October 31st, 2016

Why is being too thin a bad thing?

Answers: 34 | Last Answer: October 25th, 2016

Why do I keep eating when I don't want to?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: October 25th, 2016

What's the best way to get over atypical anorexia?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: October 24th, 2016

How can I stop 'competing' with other people I know have eating disorders ?

Answers: 5 | Last Answer: October 11th, 2016

How can I get through an eating disorder without telling my parents?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: October 11th, 2016

How do you explain to those you love that eating disorders are not about vanity?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: October 10th, 2016

Where is my appetite and why am I full from just a few bites?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: September 27th, 2016

You know you have an eating disorder, can you identify when you are showing signs?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: September 27th, 2016

How do I stop obsessing over calories?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: September 26th, 2016

Am I eating because I'm actually hungry or am I eating just to eat?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: September 13th, 2016

How can I stop wanting to starve myself?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: August 30th, 2016

What should I do if I think I have an eating disorder? I am afraid to tell my family and friends.

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: August 16th, 2016

How can I trust myself to believe in the progress I'm making on my journey to a healthier body?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: August 15th, 2016

How can I work on my cravings for foods that trigger binges?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: August 8th, 2016

What is the easiest way to relax after eating?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: August 8th, 2016

Is it normal to count calories?

Answers: 12 | Last Answer: August 6th, 2016

How do I stop emotional eating all the time?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: August 1st, 2016

Is there ever going to be a time where I eat normally again without having the binge-purge mindset?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: August 1st, 2016

Why do I seem to lack the characteristics of an ED despite having the diagnosis? Do I have atypical ED?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: August 1st, 2016

Why do I feel so scared to eat in front of my friends and feel the need to brag about how little I am eating?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: July 25th, 2016

How do I stop feeling I am dictated by this destructive voice in my mind which seems to control me?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: July 18th, 2016

How do I stop thinking that I need to eat less when "less" is already not enough?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: July 12th, 2016

Why can't I just eat like a normal person??

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: July 11th, 2016

Why can't I look in the mirror and see what everyone else sees?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: June 28th, 2016

I have many physical symptoms of an eating disorder but the mentality that I have one is not there. How can I tell if I have an eating disorder or not?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: June 13th, 2016

Does everybody hate food like me?

Answers: 10 | Last Answer: June 7th, 2016

How can I curb my tendency to replace emotions with food? I've noticed I binge-eat much more when stressed and lonely, which gives me temporary relief but starts me on a vicious cycle of more stress.

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: June 7th, 2016

Why is it so easy to ditch a meal? I know it's wrong. But it worked so well.

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: May 23rd, 2016

I don't want to recover from Anorexia. I don't know how to get past this mindset?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: May 9th, 2016

Why do I think am so fat when I weight 125 pounds?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: April 28th, 2016

How do I stop feeling bad about my body?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: April 26th, 2016

Why do I always let the voice in my head overpower the words of my loved ones?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: March 15th, 2016

What is the best way to get over a crush?

Answers: 23 | Last Answer: March 15th, 2016

How can I stop purging after eating?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: March 14th, 2016

After recovering from an eating disorder, how do you manage dieting and getting in shape, in order to avoid getting carried away and/or relapsing?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: March 1st, 2016

Is it worth it to invest so much of my life and conscious thoughts to my ED, when it's so taxing on my mental health?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: February 8th, 2016

What should I do if I puke automatically after eating ?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: February 2nd, 2016

I thought I was recovering from anorexia and my restrictive behavior, but the more I felt I recovered the less control I felt I had, and I started to develop bulimic habits. Am I the only one? What does that make me?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: January 26th, 2016

What struggles did you face to get people to take your disorder seriously? (Eg. Some clinics won't take a patient until they've gone under x weight, even if they've lost 30% mass already because they started 'heavy')

Answers: 5 | Last Answer: January 25th, 2016

Why do I feel as there is nobody to turn to about my eating disorder?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: January 25th, 2016

Why do I always feel bad for doing something that is supposed to be healthy?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: January 19th, 2016

Am I considered anorexic if I eat normally sometimes?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: January 12th, 2016

How do I show my friends and family that I do want to get better?

Answers: 8 | Last Answer: January 11th, 2016

Who am I without my disorder?

Answers: 11 | Last Answer: January 11th, 2016

How can I keep asking my friends for support when I relapse? Won't they give up on me at some point and then I'll be entirely alone?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: January 4th, 2016

When will I stop wanting to be so thin?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: January 4th, 2016

Why is it that I feel disgusted by eating food?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: December 29th, 2015

What should I do when I don't feel comfortable in any of my clothing?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: December 29th, 2015

Is it normal for me to be able to eat meat in some forms, but not others?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: December 14th, 2015

How can you make others understand that restrictive-type eating disorders aren't about looks/vanity, and that we don't think they're fat?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: December 8th, 2015

How easily do you find you can identify triggers?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: December 4th, 2015

How can I get better when I feel fine?

Answers: 6 | Last Answer: December 3rd, 2015

Why do I always thnk I'm fat?

Answers: 7 | Last Answer: December 2nd, 2015

what are some of the methods in which i can take my mind of food and counting calories?

Answers: 9 | Last Answer: November 10th, 2015

How do i just stop, with making myself still feel okay about myself?

Answers: 5 | Last Answer: November 6th, 2015

How long does it take to overcome binge eating cravings?

Answers: 5 | Last Answer: October 25th, 2015

I'm not able to financially afford any help, and my disorder is taking over my body. Help?

Answers: 3 | Last Answer: September 7th, 2015

How do I regain muscle mass without restricting what I eat or counting calories?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

How can I protect my teeth properly after purging/vomiting?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

I don't know if I have an eating disorder. How can I tell if I don't perfectly fit any criteria but I have a messed up relationship with food and eating?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

How do i stop binge eatting? Ive cut it down to once a week. I exercise 5-6 times a week and eat pretty healthy but still feel i need that once a week binge not recording what ive ate at all during it

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

How can I stop wanting to eat junk food everytime? I don't have any serious problem now but my health will be in danger if it continues like that..

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

I used to eat a lot then gradually I started eating less until one day I couldn’t eat a single bite of something, why is that?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

Why am I afraid of eating in front of my friends, even when I'm hungry or having fun?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

This is my first time purging but I've always had issues with my body- even though I'm really skinny. Any suggestions?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

Why do i feel like vomiting every time i eat food?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

Do I have a problem if I gained 10 pounds in one year through binge-eating and have thought about purging but never have done it?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

How can I get my therapist to understand that my disordered eating is not a diet?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

Eating and drinking after 72 hours starvation. Getting hungry every 1-2 hours and a lot of gas in stomach. What do I do?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970

Why do I feel sick after eating?

Answers: 0 | Last Answer: January 1st, 1970