eating disorders

<p>is it true that a lot of people in college get some sort of eating disorder? have any of you guys developed one just being in high school? from all the stress and lack of control?</p>

<p>um yeah. yuo get fat in college. you dont eat right and a s3 slices of pizza sounds better when you are exahusted from class that a steak and other ehalty food you would have at home</p>

<p>only people who were prone to developing an eating disorder in highschool will get one in college. it is a state of mind, and an illness, not something that you 'catch' from being in a college environment. the reason why more people have them in college than in highschool is because there are no longer parents to watch over what you do. the only reason why these people might not have had a fully fledged one in highschool is because they were under constant supervision. so chill out, you won't catch one after the freshman fifteen.</p>

<p>I know a million girls with uber-obvious eating disorders in my hall. It's crazy. Some of them just started, too. I suppose because of the newfound freedom of being in college away from parents. Seriously though, I think it is insane that you can have so much anxiety and concern over societal norms woven in you--such a need for control--that you develop an eating disorder. I read once that eating disorders are so rampant at some colleges they had to put a sign on the bathroom doors urging them not to vomit in the toilets, not out of sheer concern for the girls, but because the acids from the vomit were eroding the piping. It's horrible, really.</p>

<p>"only people who were prone to developing an eating disorder in highschool will get one in college. it is a state of mind, and an illness, not something that you 'catch' from being in a college environment."</p>

<p>Ok, so maybe you can't 'catch' it, but if you're surrounded by all these skinny girls that keep complaining about how fat they are, and even if you're a perfectly normal weight, you're gonna feel depressed about it, and it could lead to an eating disorder. I had a friend that hung out with a girl with an eating disorder and she started exercising constantly and barely eating lunch in school.</p>

<p>^^so she was always prone to it. something just set her off. </p>

<p>"Seriously though, I think it is insane that you can have so much anxiety and concern over societal norms woven in you" i wish you could be a bit more sensitive, i ahve anorexic friends, and its a disease not some sick choice.</p>

<p><em>raises hand</em> I'm one of those high school girls. I'm an atypical. Right now, it's not really bad at all physically, but I know that it's going to get full blown in college. But oh well... I'll just have to wait and see.</p>

<p>Keep in mind, an eating disorder is truly a state of mind. It's how to you yourself. After awhile, it's not about the food... it's about the control. It's like... ugh... I just don't feel comfortable dicussing it here... but if any of you want to talk... just AIM me. :)</p>

<p>yeah, those people who are more prone to it tend to be:
-high achievers/ overachievers
-come from a good, intelligent family
-girls (primarily, but def. not all)</p>

<p>I think it's the mentality of perfection. And no, it's not about the food. I've seen some people take the perfectionism out in the form of running tons, and then not eating so much at the same time. The result: he (not a girl!) ran himself into the ground until he just couldn't get up out of bed in the morning. </p>

<p>Whatever medium through which you choose to display this mentality of perfection, i think they call it different things:
eating - Anorexia
exercising - OCD (bulimia if it's used to purge)
studying - Motivated $$</p>

<p>"I wish you could be a bit more sensitive."--filmxoxo17</p>

<p>I wasn't being insensitive, and of course I have anorexic friends: everybody has. My current best friend had to be hospitalized it got so bad in the ninth grade. I'm not saying it's a sick personal choice, I'm just commenting that it's horrible it's so rampant in our society. (See: story about the piping.) America is the only country that has serious problems with both anorexia and bulimia as well as widespread obesity, so that says something about how high-strung/societally-influenced/whatever else we are as a nation. Sucks.</p>

<p>"But I know it's going to get full-blown in college. But oh well...I'll just have to wait and see."</p>

<p>That's a very fatalistic attitude to assume. You still have three years to get help and work things out in your own hands so just ::cliche break:: be positive!</p>

<p>poison ivy... i know how you feel. i don't consider myself bulimic or anything but i throw up my food like once every two weeks, just when i eat a lot and feel digusted. i never do it at home b/c i don't want my parents to know. lately, i've been trying to find other ways of controlling my food, controlling my body, but most of all... controlling myself. i've joined a gym and i haven't thrown up for about a month now. but now it's different, now i feel guilty if i skip a day at the gym. i'm really scared that my problem will continue to get worse in college because i won't have my parents' supervision. i really hope it doesn't get worse...</p>

<p>This is off topic, but I seem to have a fascination with eating disorders. Call me sadistic if you will. I don't have one myself (though I did mess around with it when I was 12), but the will of these people to keep themselves from eating or constantly exercising etc... just really interests me. I've seen every movie about anorexia and I watch any tv documentary on it that I can and I've read as many books on it as I can (both the technical and narrative ones). The book Second Star to the Right made me queasy, but I just really liked it. Some people think the mindset of a serial killer is interesting, I guess it's like that for me with an annorexic mind.</p>