my weight and how I see myself

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my weight and how I see myself

I have recently been restricting the amount of food I eat. I have lost weight and weight loss has become very important to me. My vision gets blurry and I get dizzy a lot and feel like I'm going to pass out. What does this mean? I have also researched different vitamins or drinks or pills that could help me lose weight fast. I know where I could get them but my friend has helped prevent me from buying them so I have not gotten them yet. But each time that I look at myself in the mirror I want to lose weight and I want to lose weight instantly. I work out everyday and if I could make myself throw up I would. I have not talked to my doctor or my family about whether or not I have an ED and my close friends tell me I should but I am scared to and I do not think that I have an eating disorder. Does it sound like I do? Is what I am doing unhealthy or is it fine?

Reply to Hiddengirl1234

Thank you for posting your questions here and for sharing some of what you're going through! We're happy that you posted here. I'm not a professional, so I can't say for certain whether or not you have an ED. However, from what I know about EDs, some of the behaviors you're describing sound very concerning. I strongly recommend you listen to your friends when they say they're concerned for you, and talk about what you're going through with your doctor and your family. If you continue as you are right now, these behaviors could have very serious negative effects on your health. (Blurry vision and dizziness are your body's way of saying something is wrong and that you aren't getting enough of the nutrients you need.) 

NEDA has an online screening that you can take to see if you're at risk for an eating disorder: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/online-eating-disorder-screening . If you're scared by what you're going through, and these thoughts and behaviors related to your weight are interfering with your life, then those are good reasons to talk with a professional who can help you.

Another great resource is NEDA's Helpline. You can call them or chat with someone online to find out more about EDs and find out about professionals and organizations near you who can help. More information here: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/information-referral-helpline

You've made a great first step by listening to your friends' concerns and posting here. I hope you'll continue and reach out to your doctor and your family, and consider the NEDA Helpline. Please post here if you have other questions, and let us know how you're doing! We want you to be happy and healthy! :)

 

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