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I’m 15 and I think I’m developing an eating disorder. On average, I eat about 500 calories a day. About every two weeks I binge, but then exercise a lot the next day. My mum recently died, so I don't want to worry my dad about something else.

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I agree that you may be

I agree that you may be developing an ED. It is okay to exercise, but you really should try to up your calorie intake. The minimum colorie intake for a fifteen year old female should be no lower than 1,200. The lack in desire for food could also be stress or depression from the loss of your mother. You should try to limit the fatty junk foods that you eat, but still maintain a healthy amount of calories.

Hi: I'm so sorry to hear

Hi:

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

On top of everything else going on for you right now, you are struggling with some difficult food issues. I agree that taking in only 500 calories per day is definitely not enough. It is hard for your body to get enough nourishment to function properly with so few calories being consumed. This can affect you physically and emotionally during a time when you are already coping with a lot.

Unfortunately, binge eating doesn't help much as it is regular, balanced, healthy meals that contribute to good health. Some exercise is good, but it sounds as though you are quite concerned about the connection between your binge eating and excessive exercise, and the possibility of developing an eating disorder.

I'm wondering if there is someone you can talk to about what is going on right now. I know you don't want to worry your Dad at this time, but maybe there is another family member or friend you can confide in. It might help to share your concerns with a counselor or family doctor - sometimes it helps a lot to share some of your feelings, and also to get some support regarding the loss of your Mum and any concerns you have about the possibility of developing an eating disorder.

Remember that your health and wellbeing is important no matter what else is going on around you. It's absolutely okay (especially at a time like this) to reach out for help and support!

Please take care.

Amy