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    Default ***Anorexia vs Obesity*** May be triggering

    I hope this comes out the right way, because I don't want to be offensive to any one..

    I'm wondering what you perceive to be worse when it comes to anorexia and obesity, and why?
    Are they an issue because they are habitual/psychological/etc?

    I'm just wanting others insight because I personally perceive anorexia as worse than obesity. That doesn't mean I dont recognise obesity for what it is, but I don't think the two can be compared to on the same level.

    To me obesity (in most non-medical circumstances) is about bad habits and poor nutritional education and partly psychological, but not hugely. Anorexia is not caused by bad habits and poor nutritional information, it is a psychological disorder, mental illness, as it is, and the desire to be skinnier and skinner everyday is as a result of the psychological disorder.

    I hope I've made sense, and I'm not here to cause offense or an argument, I genuinely want to know what other people think when it comes to anorexia vs obesity.

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    I don't think anyone can sit here and say that one is worse than the other!

    Illnesses effect people in different ways with different levels of severity.

    Both effect people in phschological ways. IMO society accepts this more with anorexia than they do with obesity and this is evident in your thread!

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    They are not comparable.

    I've suffered Anorexia Nervosa - hospitalised in 2004.

    I am now overweight - not obese but if I don't get back to my healthy eating habits it will soon turn out that way. Being this weight, right now, is a lifestyle choice. I don't have to eat chocolate...I don't have to drink soft drink...I don't have to avoid exercise, but I do at the moment. Simply because I have a lot going on in my life and I've become lazy about my food choices and calorie intake...by the way I plan on correcting this as of next Monday

    Anorexia wasn't a choice....it was a living nightmare, both physically and emotionally. I wouldn't wish that hell on my worst enemy. The recovery wasn't easy either and even though I have a "healthier" relationship with my body now, I still can't say I'm 100% 'over' my eating disorder.

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    I don't think anorexia can really be compared to obesity.

    One is an illness, the other is a classification of a significant amount of excess weight. One is a psychological battle, the other is just a specific range of BMI that can be the result of many different factors.

    Obesity can be the cause or symptom of a disease, anorexia is a disease. How can one be "worse?" They are totally different things.


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    Technically I am obese (size 18) but my quality of life is nowhere near as negatively affected by my weight as iit would be f I was anorexic.

    I am in good health, I am slowly losing weight (had a chlid 2 mths ago), I am not consumed by thoughts of food, etc. My weight is not ruling my life, as I think it does for people suffering anorexia.

    I think if you are talking about people who are 200kg etc then it might be comparable though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrankyAndTired View Post
    I don't think anorexia can really be compared to obesity.

    One is an illness, the other is a classification of a significant amount of excess weight. One is a psychological battle, the other is just a specific range of BMI that can be the result of many different factors.

    Obesity can be the cause or symptom of a disease, anorexia is a disease. How can one be "worse?" They are totally different things.

    Thank you I totally feel the same way! You put it beautifully, I really struggled as to how to put it.

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    i think you are going to create alot of anger from this thread... the two cant - and shouldnt- be compared. nor should we try to judge which is worse disease. they both have horribly detrimental effects both physically & pschologically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Nietzsche View Post
    I think if you are talking about people who are 200kg etc then it might be comparable though.
    I'm talking about technical obese, not only those that are 200kg +/-



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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuthead View Post
    i think you are going to create alot of anger from this thread... the two cant - and shouldnt- be compared. nor should we try to judge which is worse disease. they both have horribly detrimental effects both physically & pschologically.
    I agree, neither can be worse because the two can't be compared. That's my point pretty much.

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    Obesity itself isn't a psychological issue, but the reasons behind it can be.

    And overeater, a binge eater, an emotional eater - they are quite similar to the anorexic, they just deal with it differently.

    Anorexia is about control - though it becomes about a lack of control. You can't control yourself enough to eat... whereas with, say, overeating, for example, you cannot STOP yourself from eating.

    I went through a stage of what I'd say could have turned into full-blown anorexia. It was documented here, so a lot of you will be familiar with it (if you can remember back that far!). It luckily only lasted some months, rather than years... I managed to escape its clutches before it got too crazy... but eating meant I would cry and then purge... I was not keeping down what I was eating. I couldn't. It wasn't a choice really - I have very little control over it.

    It's the same as when I was overeating previously though - I would sit on hte couch, crying and stuffing my face. My stomach hurt. There wasn't enough room in there. Yet, I kept on stuffing more in. It wasn't enjoyable. It wasn;t, "Oh, yummy, I'd love some cake!" It was horrible.

    Some people are obese just because they're lazy - but many are obese because of a psychological aspect.

    You can't compare anorexia and obesity because they're not the same. You can compare anorexia to bulimia and overeating though. They're all eating disorders. You can compare being extremely underweight and obese though - because they're both often a symptom of something bigger.

    Neither overeating or anorexia is "worse." Both are sh*t and both ruin lives. Both deserve to be treated delicately, as it's not a physical condition, but a pyschological one with physical symptoms.

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