Are you Vegan/Vegetarian because of your ED? - Vegetarian/Vegan/Raw Food Diets - Forums and Community

Jump to content

About MPA

MPA is a site dedicated to the support or recovery of those suffering from eating disorders or body dysmorphic disorders. Please be sensitive to this fact when creating an account and contributing to the board.


Are you Vegan/Vegetarian because of your ED?

  • Please log in to reply
48 replies to this topic

#1 Nainsi


    Anorexic Leprechaun

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5760 posts
  • LocationDissociating

Posted 22 November 2020 - 12:31 PM

I actually used to be anorexic before I went vegan, however, I don’t think I actually went vegan because of my Anorexia. I did kind of want to be vegan because I heard that people that went vegan lost a lot of weight but I don’t think that was the main reason

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  • GloriousThorn and Greenelmo like this

"Ana Save Me"

She/Her - 17 y.o

HW: 59kg

LW: 43kg

UGW: 40kg



#2 ded ♡

ded ♡

    Advanced Sage

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2218 posts
  • Locationrelapsing brb x

Posted 22 November 2020 - 12:36 PM

My little sister clearly went vegan because she's anorexic.


She reached her lowest weight when she was vegan :-(


Wasn't good

  • Nainsi and justbones27 like this



   Yrc4W4e.gif 甘いものが食べたいだけ owbIL6H.gif



#3 HypocrisyOfTheHeart


    Advanced Member

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPip
  • 69 posts
  • LocationUK

Posted 22 November 2020 - 02:13 PM

I had problems before veganism and was looking for the 'perfect' diet, which lead me to RAW and then general vegan. If I wasn't so hyper focused on food I don't think I would have found veganism 9 years ago. But I stay vegan for the animals. I no longer believe this is a miracle diet, it's an ethical lifestyle choice. You can be skinny on any diet if you make it work for you.


It seems some people think a person is saying they're vegan to have an excuse to decline food. I'm sure some do that but most people who are vegan long term seem to be doing it for the right reasons... I might be ignorant here!!

  • Ricki and Nainsi like this


220 215 210 205 200 195 190

185 180 175 170 165

160 155 150 145

140 135




#4 HowAreYouToday


    happy hoe-lidays

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1468 posts

Posted 22 November 2020 - 02:20 PM

I literally went vegan at first because someone said it was a good way to hide your ED. I read about it online on some cringey proana butterfly website

it was. a little too good, especially in 2015 when the vegan junk food options were few and far between & vegan cheese was absolutely disgusting (still is, just not nearly as bad. all we had was daiya)

I lost 30 lbs in my first like.....3 months of being vegan. it's just so so much easier when you can refuse high cal foods.

I'm no longer vegan, in part because of that reason, but also for some other reasons.

I've been vegetarian during the past year which has coincided with a recent relapse lol. even though I DO agree with the message and that we shouldn't kill animals for our pleasure, it's been mostly a way of hiding my ED :/

let's not forget how badly certain HCLF youtubers triggered me (*cough* freelee)

Sent from Neverland using Tapatalk
  • FerociousLady and Nainsi like this


HW/SW: 166 lb (75 kg) 30.4 BMI

CW: 115 lb (52.2 kg) 21.0 BMI

GW1: 154 lb (70 kg) 28.2 BMI

GW2: 145 lb (65.5 kg) 26.5 BMI

GW3: 135 lb (61 kg) 24.7 BMI

GW4: 120 lb (54.4 kg) 21.9 BMI

GW5: 115 lb (52.2 kg) 21.0 BMI

GW6: 110 lb (49.9 kg) 20.1 BMI

GW7: 105 lb (47.6 kg) 19.2 BMI

UGW: 100 lb (45 kg) 18.3 BMI 


Tried recovery, it wasn't for me.

(Last Updated December 2018)

#5 JadeBee



  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 140 posts

Posted 22 November 2020 - 04:24 PM

Honestly, yeah. That’s not why I’m plant based now, but it was the main reason why I started.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  • FerociousLady and Nainsi like this

#6 Earthling55


    Advanced Member

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPip
  • 66 posts

Posted 23 November 2020 - 08:09 AM

I went vegan during my ED years (aka my whole teens), but I did it mainly because I realized the ethical components. 

No eating habbits/ disorders could get me out of veganism, not even during my worst binges did I ever think of eating non-vegan food.

This is why I know that in my brain, veganism and any ED stuff are seperate.


Veganism is also more important to me than any weight issues or any ED struggles could ever be.

  • Erin44, greencatseverywhere7, anorexya and 2 others like this

171 cm | SW: 72 kg | GW: 50 kg

72 | 71 | 70  

69 | 68 | 67 | 66 | 65 | 64 | 63 | 62 | 61 | 60

59 | 58 | 57 | 56 | 55 | 54 | 53 | 52 | 51 | 50

#7 Whatwillthedemonsthink


    Advanced Warrior

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 389 posts

Posted 24 November 2020 - 02:53 PM

My ED began like literally a few months before going vegetarian. I watched a bunch of those “my anorexia story (with pictures)” videos and found freelee and she and onision convinced me to be vegetarian. Obviously both very terrible people but since they were so extreme about it I think it really molded how I felt about it, I mean I’ve been vegetarian for almost 8 years so I definitely align with the morality of the topic but yeah. So yes but also no, but also yes. Now I’m trying to be vegan mostly for restrictive purposes but also for the animals. Double edged sword I guess
  • HowAreYouToday, dontfeedthiscreature and Nainsi like this

#8 seakissed



  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4014 posts

Posted 28 November 2020 - 06:03 PM

Nope. I watched documentaries on the way animals were treated and it broke my heart. Started doing more research on it and decided it wasn't for me anymore. So, mainly because of ethics and the animals. Third reason would be for climate change, though that only came much later.

  • lsd, Erin44, dontfeedthiscreature and 2 others like this

nightingale, sweet-voiced messenger of spring

#9 uselessassholec:


    Advanced Sage

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1959 posts

Posted 28 November 2020 - 07:35 PM

Veggi but, i don't do it because my ED. I'm a bit of a hippie's i sorta like animals the environment . I respect life.

  • Erin44 and Nainsi like this
Art student
socials  🥰#tiktok mrrudyfox01
#twitter mrrudyfox01
insta mrrudyfox011
✍️ #freelanceartist 
🦊 #commissionsopen 
❌do not repost or edit my art! 

alcoholic /Recovering.(ex)cocaine addict

if i ever disappear , know i love you all.

bmi hippo 17ish

85.4lbs 21/1/2021

4463993C 0AD1 4CB4 A4DE 7BD566A7B1B9

support my art https://www.buymeaco...b761f72480d0f00




#10 hopeworld


    Advanced Guru

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 627 posts

Posted 28 November 2020 - 07:38 PM

no, the opposite .

going vegan made my ED the absolute worst. I was constantly binging after i went vegan eventually i couldn't keep it anymore so i switched back to vegetarian. 

  • HowAreYouToday and Nainsi like this

MD Intern - DM for medical advice




original.gif d6b08cb978bf8d296c1d85fae3ab32dfd7da2f35



#11 redtree


    Advanced Sage

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1573 posts
  • LocationA little farm

Posted 28 November 2020 - 09:22 PM

I used to be vegan and my ED definitely was tied into it. However, in saying that, I am no longer vegan and still struggle with my ED

  • Nainsi and mr_Dragula like this








#12 Liblikas



  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 556 posts
  • LocationLincolnshire, UK

Posted 29 November 2020 - 11:42 AM

Originally, it was a bit of both, i.e. partly because I was already starting to feel bad about eating animals and animal by-products, and partly because I thought giving up cheese (which I ate a lot of!) and stuff like that would help me lose weight.

And, as more time passed as a vegan, the 'calories' aspect became less important, and the 'animals' (and 'environment') aspect became more important, and now it's 100% for the animals, and I'd never give it up even if all the vegan food in the world was high-calorie, I'd feel too guilty about the animals if I ate anything non-vegan.

  • GloriousThorn and Nainsi like this

5' 5"

CW: 118lbs
LW: 95.2lbs [29/8/15]

HW: ~150lbs
UGW: 85lbs


Female, 27, Demisexual

Vegan since 1/3/17

Intermittent fasting is life


Kik: Liblikas_UK
Feel free to message me!


#13 VeggieJunkie


    Advanced Warrior

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 472 posts
  • LocationUSA

Posted 30 November 2020 - 08:23 PM

100% for the animals.
  • Nainsi and meth diet like this

#14 Greenelmo


    Advanced Member

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPip
  • 61 posts

Posted 30 November 2020 - 10:39 PM

Wow yea absoulutley
Kind of strange back story actually
Was a weird 13yo had body issues already someone DARED me not to eat meat at lunch ??(wtf type of dare is that looking back lol)
And some tramactic stuff happened around that time and I never ate meat again until like a year ago so about 10 years I was vegetarian, and a few months ago when my ED came creeping back I started being a "vegetarian" again
  • GloriousThorn and Nainsi like this

#15 meth diet

meth diet

    Advanced Warrior

  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 265 posts

Posted 01 December 2020 - 10:52 PM

100% for the animals.

same. love the animals, hate myself
  • VeggieJunkie, Erin44 and Nainsi like this

🐳 starting bmi: 22ish 🐳

🍄 current bmi: 17ish 🍄

🌸 goal bmi: 16ish 🌸

🌴 height: 179cm 🌴

🤡 clownery, foolishness, and bad vibes 🤡

#16 Erin44



  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 168 posts
  • LocationNew York, USA

Posted 03 December 2020 - 11:00 AM

I lost a lot of weight a few years ago, watched nutrition documentaries all the time and watched all the vegan ones. I realized that a vegan diet was healthiest, but wasn't motivated to change because I was 'healthy' physically. When I learned about the environmental impact of animal products I went vegetarian for a month, then vegan. After going vegan, I opened my eyes to the cruelty and that's why I'll never go back. The unexpected benefit for me was maintaining my weight loss without having to focus on my calories as much, which improved my disordered eating.


So for me, the veganism and disordered eating are completely separate. The veganism was for morality and the disordered eating is a result of stress, psychological distress, and feeling disgusting in general.

  • Nainsi likes this

♥Vegan since April 11, 2017♥


Climber & Hiker | PTSD & MDD



HW (12/22/2015): 175.2 (28.3)

LW (1/17/2017): 128.4 (20.7)

SW (11/10/2020): 148.0 (23.9)


CW: 135.8 (21.9)


134 133 132 131 130

129 128

127 126 125

124 (20.0)

#17 fairyplant



  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 12 posts

Posted 03 December 2020 - 08:19 PM

I’m actually vegan because I love animals. I was vegan long before I developed an ed.

  • VeggieJunkie, GloriousThorn and Nainsi like this


cw: 98lbs

lw: 84lbs

gw: 75lbs

#18 GloriousThorn



  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3109 posts
  • LocationWest Coast

Posted 12 December 2020 - 08:44 PM

Sometimes I think I am, but I honestly don't know. I was struggling with an ED long before I went vegan. I will say that being vegan has taken so much guilt and anxiety away from eating because I mostly eat whole food vegan, and most of these foods are low in calorie.
  • Nainsi likes this
"I couldn't utter my love when it counted
ah but I'm singing like a bird about it now"

5'1 and a half
HW: 165
CW: 126 12/27/20
NCW: 123 12/30/20
NCW: 120 1/1/21
NCW: 119.5 1/10/21 - Finally back out of the 120s!!
LW: 103
GW: 110?

#19 NatalieBoleyn



  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 553 posts

Posted 13 December 2020 - 03:09 PM

I am vegan, so not plant based. But If I hadn't given a shit about animals I would've never gone vegan.

  • Nainsi likes this

164cm | 5'4.5

HW: 107 KG | 235.9 LBS

LW: 38 KG | 83.7 LBS

CW: 77.0 | 169.7 LBS








#20 content.override



  • Accountability access
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 204 posts
  • Locationbottom of a bottle of chardonnay

Posted 15 December 2020 - 12:36 PM

i definitely went vegetarian when i was 11 because of my ED but i went vegan 2 and a half years ago just kinda by accident lol, i'm lactose intolerant anyways and was already veggie, and i don't really like eggs so i just said fuck it and went vegan. learned about the ethical component pretty quickly and never went back :) 

  • Nainsi likes this



s u f f e r i n g 

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users