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

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Last Updated: 10/01/2020 at 10:50am
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ThinkingTiger
November 25th, 2017 10:59pm
Having issues regarding eating and food can be such a horrible situation to deal with, not only do we need to eat to survive, but food is also something that should bring comfort and color to ones life. There can be many reasons for wanting to throw up your food, maybe its pressure from people around you, or society, that you should look a certain way, and you have kept telling yourself that eating is therefore bad for you, as you then dont live up to these expectations. It can also be if you have had very traumatizing experiences during dinner or other eating scenarios, and everytime you eat you then experience a lot of anxiety because you or your body recalls these bad experiences, and therefore you throw up from anxiety. There can also be a lot of anxiety from the before mentioned pressure that one can place on oneself, and this can also cause you to throw up.
philosopherqueen
December 31st, 2017 10:26pm
Bulimia is a highly complex issue, and the behavior is addictive, both physically and psychologically. It can begin with a desire to lose or maintain weight, but it often takes on a life of its own, spiraling out of control. Bulimia can also be associated with ridding oneself of sexual trauma—in a manner of speaking, making oneself “pure” again. In this light, it is easy to see how the behavior would become irresistible. It’s not just purging food: it’s extricating that “ yucky” feeling.
recoveringlistener
February 1st, 2018 5:07pm
When you have an eating disorder whether it be bulimia, purging disorder, anorexia (b/p or r/p), or EDNOS, anything that makes you feel the need to throw up your food, that urge isn't your fault. No matter the diagnosis it is still dangerous, but your brain can't rationalize that. I recommend visiting nationaleatingdisorders.org or reaching out to someone on 7Cups who can help with eating disorders
Yournotalone112
February 8th, 2018 12:40pm
well, when you purge more than once, it becomes a patturn, an adiction, and is hard to stop, i suggest finding a distrction
MoonlitHaze
February 15th, 2018 6:15pm
Bulimia Nervosa is usually considered not only a mental illness, but sometimes an addiction. Many times these actions give the person a feeling of reward and control, and these feelings can become addicting, making it easier and easier to go back to. It's important to break the cycle, reach out, and understand that you are not alone. Bulimia usually stems from a feeling of insecurity, poor self-image, and lack of control and say in one's life.
ashleighdianne
June 30th, 2018 10:26am
this is called purging, and it means you are struggling from some type of eating disorder. it is extremely hard, don’t worry, i understand, and there are so many listeners and therapists who are willing to help you here on 7 cups. my advice: take it slow and don’t put pressure on yourself, eat in small portions to let your stomach absorb the nutrients it needs, and drink lots of water. i know this method is commonly used for self harming, but it works. Everytime you feel the need to throw up, wait 5 minutes, count them, slowly, if after that you still feel like you want to throw up, wait another five minutes. focus on your breathing during this time. there’s a good chance the temptation will pass. there is always a listener on here to support you through this, don’t be afraid to ask for help❤️
CaravanDreams
July 1st, 2018 6:01pm
It could be for many different reasons, the best to do would be to consult with a specialized Doctor, a nutritionist, a generalist, a therapist.
Anonymous
August 12th, 2018 12:26pm
I think you may be thinking about it a lot even if you think your not it’s at the back of your mind. Overthinking doesn’t always help it could even cause anxiety
Anonymous
August 19th, 2018 4:07pm
Having an eating disorder can blind you. Trust me, I know. It's hard, and it eats at you until you are almost gone. Some people can't help it, because they know it's dangerous, but at the same time, you want so desperately to have the body you want, and it's hard for you to lose weight the healthy way. It becomes a habit for you someday, and a lot of habits are hard to stop. There is never a really good answer to this question, but I do know that you want to be "healthy" and skinny and beautiful so bad, that you never realize that you were always beautiful. You just never saw ti.
avamadueno22
September 20th, 2018 4:13am
You might have an eating disorder which you should definitely go and see a doctor about. Nothing to be ashamed of having, if you do have one. There are ways to help control or even get rid of it, and it's important you get it seen now than later where it can become too serious to stop. Your body and feeding it is very important and if you're constantly throwing the food you put into it back up, you'll become weak in your body and lack the important things you need to be healthy and have the ability to do the normal things in life. I wish you luck!
rosiewater
November 9th, 2018 3:53pm
It sounds like what I used to go through. If you feel anxiety, or like if something bad will will happen if you don't throw up, it sounds a lot like bulimia. I'm not trying to diagnose you through a computer, but it could be beneficial for you to look in to. It can be very dangerous, you deserve to be in control of your life. If you eat quite a bit more than what you usually do before you have to urge to throw up, it could be a binge eating disorder, No matter what it is that's causing this problem, know it isn't your fault, and that it's possible to change.
Rebeccapersoncentred
January 11th, 2019 3:35pm
Eating disorders and food related issues such as this are all about having control. If you want to throw up after eating ask yourself "what do I think of my body image?" I would think you are unhappy with it, changing your view on this will be a massive challenge. As I said it is about having control, try to do other things in your life that allow you to have control but that are safe for your health. Something else that could be helpful would be to watch documentaries or videos on Youtube (try SBSK) relating to eating disorders. You can learn a lot and they can be motivating to stop.
Anonymous
July 11th, 2019 8:19pm
Because throwing up is a way of trying to “get your control back” after you lost it. There’s a really bad feeling after that comes after eating a lot if you have an ED, the only way to try getting “skinny” again is throwing it up. You simply don’t want that in your body, you feel disgusted by yourself. But you shouldn’t be, It’s totally fine to eat, eat healthy and stop binge eating and purging. You’ll never get healthy if you don’t eat healthy. You’ll never have a steady nice weight if you don’t eat normally. Everyone needs to understand it
Anonymous
August 30th, 2019 11:58pm
while i'm not qualified to diagnose you, i think it might be worth looking into eating disorders. wanting to throw up your food is a symptom of bullimia nervosa, which is a dangerous mental illness. something that might help you in the meantime is identifying how you feel when you want to throw up. disgusted? sad? angry? identifying those feelings is one really major step you can take to seeking out the help you need. best of luck!
Odunayo97
January 12th, 2020 9:40pm
Your throwing up might as well be a sign of depression.maybe because you are not feeling too well which has resulted in your loss of appetite making you to throw up.perhaps you think of uncertain and unpleasant things while eating.it can also be caused by some allergies or reaction to bad food or it could be that you are having one of the symptoms of a particular ailment.which ever way it is,being cautious and avoiding Negative thoughts while eating might help.it might also be best that you visit a doctor to help shed more light to the situation.I hope this helps.
Anonymous
February 26th, 2020 9:19pm
Throwing up your food purposely may be a sign of a serious eating disorder. There are many reasons you may be feeling the urge to do this, but whatever the reason, it is very serious. If you feel like the urge to make yourself throw up is getting out of control, or it is scaring you or anyone in your personal life, I would strongly advise you to speak to someone you trust about it. It could be a parent, a therapist, a teacher... any adult in your life who you feel comfortable talking to. Also: I know you might be feeling scared, or sad, or any other range of emotions about this, but I promise you will get through it.
Anonymous
March 18th, 2020 11:00pm
This tends to be an eating disorder behavior typical of bulimia, and it's called purging. Something that I was told in group therapy for eating disorders is that people who purge do it to throw up their feelings. Do you want to throw up because of another issue? What else is going on in your life? A lot of times eating disorders are used as a way to not have to feel our actual emotions, once you process those emotions it'll begin to get easier to not listen to that little eating disorder voice in your head that tells you to throw up food.
Anonymous
April 1st, 2020 2:53am
This is a common feeling for people to face, especially for people with eating disorders to face. As a member of society it is instilled in us that food is the enemy and the more you eat the worse you are. Many times people you purging (throwing up food) as a coping mechanism to deal with there emotions around food as well as a coping mechanism to deal with the regret they have around eaten the food. A lot of times if you have purged once it becomes addictive and you cannot stop it can be an instant reaction after consuming food. I suggest you reach out to a health care professional or NEDA (national eating disorders association) to help you deal with this behavior as it can ultimately be self destructive.
VerseArt
June 25th, 2020 6:04pm
I am not sure but you might be anorexic. Check it out and if other symptoms match your condition, try to get help as soon as possible. Do not starve yourself. Do not throw up everything you eat. If not, you might be dealing with stomach issues, which you might want to get tested for. Whatever the reason may be, know that it can be fixed. Have the strength and get yourself checked. It will be just fine. You will be fit and healthy in no time. Also, if it helps just try and focus on other things and not the food. Stay Safe!
peacefulLight8704
July 3rd, 2020 9:12pm
This depends on a lot. What’s making you feel like you should first of all? It’s possible that figuring this out can help you. It’s also possible that you may be in the beginning stages of an eating disorder. If this urge doesn’t stop or if you start acting on said urges, please do not hesitate to try to get professional help, as it can help you keep things in check so that nothing becomes dangerous to you. Eating disorders can be very dangerous and harmful, so if you feel at all at risk talk to someone. It’s better to get help as soon as you can.
Anonymous
July 25th, 2020 12:11am
There can be several reasons as to why you can't stop wanting to throw up the food you have eaten. In some cases anxiety causes you to not be able to keep the food in, and these people eat something light to not throw it up. Another reason as to why you throw up your food can be an eating disorder. Though I am not one to diagnose anyone, eating disorders do have the affect for a person to not want to eat, or if they eat, eat only a little. People with eating disorders also tend to throw up food if they have eaten too much. But again, I am not here to diagnose anyone.
BSWwork
October 1st, 2020 10:50am
There could be many reasons that you want to throw up your food. Maybe it is society, feeling you are lacking control in your life, or self loathing. The important thing to analyze is how do you feel when you are throwing up your food? If you feel good or bad, try to figure out why. It may be helpful to speak to a professional too if this something you want to continue to do. If it is one type of food, then you can avoid it but if it is all foods then that is dangerous since our bodies do need the nutrients in order to survive.