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'Anorexia is for teenagers'.. Please tell me im not alone here


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#61 ☆PaisleySky☆

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 05:35 PM

I think it’s a common time for EDs to manifest, but definitely not exclusive to teenagers. When I was in IP there was a woman there in her 70s. It was actually heartbreaking, I think about her a lot and wonder if she’s still alive. I hope she ended up okay.
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Posted 10 June 2021 - 08:18 PM

hi, i'm 25


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Posted 10 June 2021 - 08:24 PM

My ed developed when I was 13 but here I am 10 years later relapsing for the third time.



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Posted 10 June 2021 - 08:24 PM

I’ll need a time machine then

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 08:45 PM

ive never dealt with ed until i turned 21 just other mental illnesses i never even thought i would growing up and now i think its because of my past trauma and addiction problems. anyone of any age can experience 


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Posted 10 June 2021 - 09:00 PM

i hate hearing that so much omfg like it makes me feel invalid or sometimes even just worse like if its for teenagers why havent i outgrown it whats wrong with me lol


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Posted 10 June 2021 - 09:07 PM

psh

 

My children are in their 20s

 

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 09:20 PM

I’m 49. I feel embarrassed to be so deep in my ED. I should have my shit together. 


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Posted 10 June 2021 - 09:45 PM

I turned 31 at the start of June and I’ve been this way since I was about 9 I think. The whole ‘ED is for teens’ comes from the stylised movies, popular news etc I believe, I know people from my last outpatient treatment group (3 years ago now) that are turning 45, 18, 22 and 60 this year…

It takes all sorts. Time of life doesn’t factor in an eating disorder and anyone who says it does clearly doesn’t understand what they’re jabbering about.
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Posted 10 June 2021 - 09:46 PM

I’m 49. I feel embarrassed to be so deep in my ED. I should have my shit together.


Nah no need to be embarrassed. An Ed has no age. I'm 36.
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High restricting is the way for me because slow and steady wins the race. As far as I'm concerned, as long as you end the day on a calorie deficit, you have won.

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 09:52 PM

I'm 27. My mom struggled with orthorexia well into her 40s-- probably still does, but we don't have a relationship so I can't say for sure.

I think a lot of people do get better as they get older because for a lot of people, as they move from a teenager to a young adult, they tend to get more control over their lives (thus, the need to seek it out in this way diminishes somewhat). But that's not the case for everyone, especially those who gravitate towards situations where control continues to be limited (relationships, jobs, education, any environment that exacerbates these underlying problems) or those who come from backgrounds that leave them unable to understand and accept the control they do have-- being passive to the point of being self-detrimental.

I also think it's an easy thing to fall back into when life takes an unexpected turn (this relapse is directly related to a sudden death in the family, for example).
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Posted 11 June 2021 - 01:16 AM

I'm 22. I know of many people older than me with severe eating disorders but sometimes I can't help but feel like it's partly seen as something that indicates I'm mentally immature or incompetent at life or deal with emotions like a child. I hate that and don't want anyone to think that. I think it's a subtle stigma attached that people tend not to discuss.

I agree. By theory there are 100s of adults with eating disorders but i think there is almost an idea around being an adult that by having a eating disorder you do not have your life in order hence being child like and not wanting to see the reality in things, when this infact has nothing to do with your emotional/mental maturity or your grasp on reality. Its less spoken of and i think in a way as adults we try hide it more than as teenagers, which is strange because as adults we do not fear getting in trouble for it, only being judged by it.


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 01:22 AM

I'm 23 now but I've always thought thus stereotype was ridiculous even as a teen.
Kind of feels invalidating no matter your age because even IF you fall into the 'target' category it just feels like people are making it out to be a silly, irrational teenie thing instead of a mental illness that can befall ANYONE like literally every other MI out there

I agree. I also think this stigma is harmful to teenagers with eating disorders because it implies its a hormonal or immature thing that comes with growing pains .. Its a mental illness, not a hormonal teenager stage


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 01:37 AM

Thank you to everyone who commented on this, it actually really helped me, and others from what i see. This disorder constantly makes us feel unvalid and this is just another example of that. Ive never been on any type of community like this before (made this account like 3 weeks ago) and also i genuinely dont know a single soul , nor ever met anyone with a ED, so i have always felt very alone up until today


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 01:44 AM

Just turned 35 though I do not feel look or act it lol

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 01:52 AM

Such a load of bollocks. I'm 34. Was anorexic as a teen then I did recover once I hit 19. Got married in my early 20s, had some babies and ibs triggered my disordered eating relapse in the last 2 years. Trying to control my body. Anyone can get triggered and relapse at any age.
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Posted 11 June 2021 - 02:15 AM

I‘m 27 in October and my first symptoms started around 8 years old. So neither did it start in my teens nor did it miraculously vanish when I "grew up"...

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 09:05 AM

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 02:38 PM

Im 27 and didnt start restricting or purging until i was 23-24.. not everyone with an ED starts in their teen years..
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Posted 11 June 2021 - 02:53 PM

40 here


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