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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23-02-2011 18:42 #51Senior Member
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23-02-2011 18:51 #52
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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23-02-2011 19:01 #53
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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23-02-2011 19:14 #54
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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23-02-2011 19:26 #55
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?
23-02-2011 19:36 #56
23-02-2011 20:02 #57
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.
23-02-2011 20:05 #58
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23-02-2011 20:11 #60
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
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