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[25.08.2006 ; 9:27am]

Jami, I hope you don't mind me doing this. I don't think you will, as there's only the two of us at the moment, but I want to get a topic discussion going anyways.

How has your eating disorder affected your life? Your relationships? Your job? School, extracurricular activities, your family? Most importantly, how has it affected your mind and body?
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[23.08.2006 ; 8:03pm]

Some Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder

- I often gain and/or lose large amounts of weight
- I am always thinking about food, dieting and my weight
- I often avoid food even when I am hungry
- I feel guilty and ashamed of my eating
- I often feel out of control when I eat
- I feel better when I don't eat
- I often gorge myself on food
- I feel fat even though others tell me I'm not
- I feel worthless when I think of my body and my weight
- I will never be happy unless I reach my ideal weight
- I don't like eating with other people
- I rarely/never get my menstrual period
- I often "get rid" of food by using laxatives, exercising vigorously or making myself vomit

Elements of a Successful Treatment Plan for Eating Disorders

- Individual counseling to address core issues (e.g. low self-esteem, need for control) and to encourage the person to express their feelings, especially those of anger and sadness.
- Antidepressants for reducing depression, anxiety and impulsive behaviour, especially for people with bulimia.
- Dental work to repair damage caused by malnutrition or stomach acids from frequent vomiting
- Nutrition counseling to debunk food myths and plan healthy meals
- Support groups to break down isolation and alienation
- Family counseling to provide support and help replace old patterns with healthier new ones
- Hospitalization to prevent death, suicide and medical crisis in people with severe eating disorders

Taken from HeretoHelp.bc.ca

[23.08.2006 ; 7:02pm]

Welcome to Wasting Effect, a community dedicated to those with eating disorders and those who have been affected by eating disorders. My name is Jami, and I'm an eighteen-year-old girl trying to make a difference. Eating disorders are not a choice. They aren't a life style. They are a disease and they are now the third most common chronic illness in adolescent girls. I have been affected by an eating disorder and I am striving to prove that they should be taken just as seriously as cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. It isn't always easy to get help because eating disorders aren't taken as seriously as they should be.

People may ignore my community, my attempt at raising awareness. I'm one girl and I can't do much by myself. That's why I'm asking you to join, even if just to tell your stories and how you've been affected by an eating disorder, whether you are the victim of one or whether you know someone with an eating disorder. Share your day-to-day struggles with others who are like you and understand what you are going through.

No one will judge you. We understand.

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