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    I was thinking about obesity and over eating to the point of food addiction...

    If someone was an alcoholic, they would be advised to avoid alcohol etc etc. But if someone is addicted to food, it's gotta be tough to break that cycle, I mean it's not like you can avoid food. Or maybe that's where the two are related, and for some people it might come down to choice of totally avoiding food or consuming everything in sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    And at least you can buy (and probably look good in) size 6 clothes. Have you ever had to shop in the plus size section? The clothes are hideous. You, being a size 6 can buy anything in any fashion store.

    I am not dismissing that it doesn't hurt and I'm not saying it isn't wrong. I had a best friend who was size 6. She used to get told "oh, you look skinny today!" She used to get so upset because nobody would say to a fat person "oh, geez, you look really fat today!"

    The fact is, being size 6 is way more acceptable than being size 18 and bigger. If size 18 was so acceptable, then people of that size would be on every magazine front cover, but the reality is, they're not, unless they're on Biggest Loser.
    But what happens when a size 6 doesn't fit? Can you imagine at nearly 40 how degrading it is to buy girls clothes rather than women's clothes because they don't fit you? That a size 6 or even a size 14 girls still hang off you because you have no boobs to fill in your tops. You have no curves. Being a size 6 or less and clothes shopping is the absolute pits!! Add in that someone decided if you were thin then you must be short and heaven help you.

    It's only more acceptable because being overweight is a taboo topic, it is not acceptable to comment on peoples overweight yet it is perfectly acceptable to comment on someone being skinny.

    I haven't suffered from a/n but at my sickest with other health problems when I got married I was dangerously thin from no fault of my own and nothing I could do about it. Sometimes neither overweight or underweight people can do anything about it, both conditions absolutely suck and neither is easier to live with in any way.
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    Both are psychological disorders.
    From what I've seen in clinic, obese people are generally depressed/unhappy and people with anorexia are depressed AND anxious.

    Both are eating disorders.
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    I don't think you can compare them.

    They each come with their own characteristics and treatment.

    If you go purely on what may be in the DSM-5 then there is anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating. I believe there was much discussion on what would be put in the new version of DSM obsesity itself will not be put in there but binge eating will be added. http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/APA/20381

    For me I think they are all separate and should be treated as such. From a judgement point of view I think people on both ends of the scale are judged just as much. People are so ready to judge others instead of looking inside and being content with their own self.

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    STOP MAKING IT A BATTLE PEOPLE!

    "Oh, I'm fat and I definitely have it worse..."
    "Nobody ever teases fat people..."

    Fact is, it effing sucks on either side of the fence when people tease and torment you in regards to your size - but add an eating disorder to the mix and it sucks all the more.

    It doesn't matter if your eating disorder has you getting fatter or skinnier - either way it hurts and is harmful and dangerous and a horrible place to be mentally. Both sides of the fence focus so much on food - anorexia nervosa having you avoid it, bulimia nervosa having you purge whenever you do eat... and then with binge or overeating, it's the point of shovelling food down your throat when you're not even hungry or enjoying it. The food isn't the problem though - it's just a symptom.

    It's also important to note that not all anorexics are under 50kg and not all suffering from overeating are obese.

    It's so unfair to be all, "Well it's worse for me because I can't shop in normal shops and have to wear sacks," or "It's worse for me because everyone keeps telling me to eat a cheeseburger." They're both bad. They're both dangerous. They both take over your life.

    Stop making it a battle. It doesn't need to be. They're all eating disorders. They all cause a lot of damage to the lives of those suffering. Why does one need to feel their situation is harder than the opposite? What good does that achieve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICanDream View Post
    But what happens when a size 6 doesn't fit? Can you imagine at nearly 40 how degrading it is to buy girls clothes rather than women's clothes because they don't fit you?
    Yes. At the age of 21, I had to do just that. At 173cm tall, it's not a good look having to sort through the kids clothing because you can't afford the size 6 and even some size 8 stuff at David Jones (which actually fit).

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    I don't know what the point of this thread is to be honest. why is it important why one is worse than the other?

    anyway, just to be pedantic, as far as I know the DSM-IV does not recognise Obesity as an eating disorder. there has been a call for DSM-V to list it as one though. soooo technically its not an eating disorder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus^Lime View Post
    not making it a battle, but as a scholar and a person that works with clients of these disorders, I like to ensure that the conditions are named correctly. Using the term "anorexics," is actually quite derrogatory.

    Also, I have remained quite impartial in the thread, thanks

    I don't think either are comparable Sassy.
    I wasn't referring to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1+1=5 View Post
    I don't know what the point of this thread is to be honest. why is it important why one is worse than the other?

    anyway, just to be pedantic, as far as I know the DSM-IV does not recognise Obesity as an eating disorder. there has been a call for DSM-V to list it as one though. soooo technically its not an eating disorder.
    I agree with what you wrote. Though it looks like it won't be in the new version either. Though binge eating will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus^Lime View Post
    DSM-V is coming out shortly, I'd been keen to see.

    It was classifed as an eating disorder in a few of my pscyh books, but NOT in the DSM-IV.

    The thread started out as an offshoot in another thread.

    I'm fairly certain that its not int he DSM-V which it has drawn criticism for.

    ETA: there is a call for it to be in the DSM-V
    http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/...full/164/5/708
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