Cast Your Vote:
- healthy eating only -- Votes: 3
- eating disorer awarness -- Votes: 0
- combination of both -- Votes: 9
This is the first time I have ever talked about this with anyone. I have an eating disorder. I always weigh a "normal" weight but I will go from being a super skinny size 2 at 115lbs with a low normal BMI to a size 8/10 at 145 lbs with a high normal BMI. It's not necessarily the weight that I am concerned about but the gains and losses. I know it is not health for me. I jsut can not help it. When I get down so small I think "oh I can have a cookie I'm thin" and this leads to overeating and gaining 30lbs. Then when I get to where I am now (the heavier wt.) I feel horrible about my self and hate the way I look. I end up going on crazy crash diets, almost anorexic. I will limit my intake to like 300 calories a day. I have always felt like this started when I was a freshman in high school. I weighed 130 lbs and was a size 5. In Health class we started talking about eating disorders. In a awareness video saw how some girls would drink loads of water to keep from feeling hungry. This is what I started doing and still do. I picked up a lot of tips about how to be restrictive and secretive from this video. I don't have insurance and can not afford to pay to go to any professionals for help. I hate being like this.
Do you think that health classes for young teens should teach healthy eating only or eating disorder awareness.
In a perfect world, both.
But school curriculums are being cut, not added to, at this time.
I think that the emphasis should be on healthy eating, but eating disorder awareness is important. However, in an attempt to teach awareness, giving young women "tricks" to use is far too common - I, too, learned about excess water to prevent hunger, gum to prevent hunger, putting ankle weights on if I had to go to the doctor and would be weighed, telling a parent you're going to a friend's for dinner and then telling the friend you just ate at home...they made it far too easy for me.
Quoting Elle With Three &1/2:" I think that the emphasis should be on healthy eating, but eating disorder awareness is important. However, ... [snip!] ... you're going to a friend's for dinner and then telling the friend you just ate at home...they made it far too easy for me."
Yeah. Eating disorder awareness and encouragement is an incredibly fine line.
I don't know. Our schools teach us about eating disorders and it only ever gave me more ideas