WHY do so many people think that developing an eating disorder will be so great for them? I just read more than a few entries where the writer says that to lose weight they're just going to get an eating disorder.
Do they think the bad things that come with the disorders aren't going to happen to them? Do they think that they aren't putting themselves in any danger health-wise? You aren't just getting the weight loss. You're losing muscle, you're damaging internal organs... Your brain will start to think that you are fat even if you are VERY THIN. Seriously, search "Anorexia" on Google Images. Not Pretty. In addition, anorexia nervosa often includes:
and peculiar behaviors such as compulsive rituals, strange eating habits, and division of foods into "good/safe" and "bad/dangerous" categories.
They may have low tolerance for change and new situations; may fear growing up and assuming adult responsibilities and an adult lifestyle. May be overly engaged with or dependent on parents or family. Dieting may represent avoidance of, or ineffective attempts to cope with, the demands of a new life stage such as adolescence.
And bulimia... Oh, bulimia. Because throwing up will make you so glamorous. Misusing laxatives will solve all of your problems. You think you feel in control until you realize that *it has control over you*. Do you think being thin means having pride? Self-worth? Friends? Because you would be very wrong. And compulsive exercising every once in a while--it isn't getting you anywhere. Fasting to get rid of calories. Your body needs those. Once you start eating again, whether you puke it up or not, your body will immediately try to digest it because it's scared of being DEPRIVED. It's going to store everything in what it was that you just ate. It doesn't know when you're going to have enough sense to feed it again.
There are more ED's too. Ones that you don't hear about, but have they most of the criteria for a particular diagnosis. WHY would you WANT to do this to yourself? Attention? It's going to be negative. Besides, if you die, how are you going to be there to receive any attention? You'll be dead.
So why not decide to just be healthy? People will be proud of you. You won't have to hide it. You'll feel better. When you reach your goal, you'll know that you truly achieved something. You'll probably work twice as hard to maintain it. And you won't have to check into therapy to fix what you've done. And you won't die from being obsessed with the way you look.