Q:I'm overweight, and I hate my body. I've lost 15lbs in 3 months (just from proper diet and exercise), but now I feel myself obsessing over my weight and my measurements. Sometimes I just feel really guilty and purge, and often I find myself crying and self harming because I hate my body. It's not really an eating disorder I don't think but I've definitely never had this issue with my self image before. What should I do?
Hey there anon,
I’m not a professional but I definitely think you’re starting to develop some disordered behaviours (this is not a diagnosis!), especially purging and the guilt you feel. You’ve done really well to pick up on it and ask for help!
I would suggest that if you’re in a country where you have a family doctor/GP, having a chat to them about the issues you’re having with your body. If not, it might help to speak to a therapist, school or uni/college counsellor, or a trusted adult.
Please remember that purging is very, very dangerous, it can rupture your oesophagus and decay your stomach and other important body parts and it won’t be pretty. It’ll also ruin your teeth.
If you’re feeling like self harm or purging, or you’re feeling obsessive and body-checking a lot, try anything on our alternatives page instead. Try and ride out the urges instead of acting on them. Remember you want to keep your oesophagus pretty and intact! Also maybe have a look over this resource, on having a positive body image.
Come back if you need any more support, I hope this helped!
Today’s mental health reminder: a relapse, a sudden series of attacks, a string of awful days, (or whatever your step back may be) does not decrease your value. Take your time, do some self care, reflect on the progress that you have made. You are strong; one step back is nothing when you look at the journey you have already made.
Needed to hear that
thensahasmynudes said: Do you get paid to admin or something?
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