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When does it become disordered eating?

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Since coming to college, my diet change has made me gain a little weight--not necessarily an unhealthy amount but enough that I'm not very comfortable with my weight right now. Lately I've been making rules and trying to eat less because it makes me feel better, but I'm wary of the possibility of developing an ED. My limited food options at school make me feel like I can't find a good middle ground. Has anyone had similar experiences?
 
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Both binge eating and under eating are eating disorders. Just get enough healthy food and safe exercise and you should be fine. You may have to count your calories in a food journal. Maybe log your exercise too. I know you can do it. :welcome: to the forum. Lots of support here.
 
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Do you have a history of EDs?
How does the eating less make you feel better? in a healthy way as you are eating healthier or in an unhealthy way?
If you eat not following your rules, how do you feel?
 
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I've never had an ED before, but some people close to me have. With other people it really concerns me but it really makes me feel better when I control my food. I haven't broken the rules yet but I'm telling myself that it wouldn't be a big deal? not sure if I'll actually feel that way when it happens :/
 
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Since coming to college, my diet change has made me gain a little weight--not necessarily an unhealthy amount but enough that I'm not very comfortable with my weight right now. Lately I've been making rules and trying to eat less because it makes me feel better, but I'm wary of the possibility of developing an ED. My limited food options at school make me feel like I can't find a good middle ground. Has anyone had similar experiences?
Ever hear of the "freshman 15"? Most girls gain 15 pounds their first year of college (according to my GP anyway). Watching what you eat and not wanting to gain is not indicative of an eating disorder. It's "normal". An eating disorder is when you become obsessed and it takes over you life.Do you feel like you're so focused on your weight and what you eat that other parts of your life are suffering?
 
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That helps a lot actually. I did gain the freshman 15 and I just wanna be at a lower weight again--not anything unhealthy. I'll just do my best to control my eating without making it an obsession
 
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That helps a lot actually. I did gain the freshman 15 and I just wanna be at a lower weight again--not anything unhealthy. I'll just do my best to control my eating without making it an obsession
As long as you can "break the rules" every once in a while without beating yourself up...
If you do feel like it could become a problem, feel free to message me any time.
 
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