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Been diagnosed with anorexia recently but can’t stop exercising. I’m only 14 and I’m very scared.

I’m 14 and my GP has said I probably have anorexia. I lost 11kg in 2 years and I honestly felt so good but my parents said I looked too thin and took me to the GP and he said I was underweight. He said to come after a month so he could check on me again. During that month I exercised compulsively so I could eat more calories but ended up losing 5kg. Now, when I went to the GP recently, my BMI was 16.26. I’m scared and obviously want to be a healthy weight butI feel like I look good in the mirror right now but I know that’s not how people see me. I’m scared to stop exercising. I feel like I have to exercise to burn what I eat. My parents won’t let me do exercise and I am scared to do it in secret. I really don’t want to exercise but the voice in my head keeps saying if I don’t exercise I will gain weight. What do I do?

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That voice in your head is probably telling you you’ll end up looking huge or balloon up if you stop exercise but I promise you that won’t happen. You say “If I don’t exercise I will gain weight” but that’s the goal xx Every body has a natural weight it wants to be at. You have to save all your energy for repairing and healing and not tire it out with exercise xx

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Thanks Sophie! I will try

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EDs control all your thinking and it is that voice you are hearing. I would suggest you talk to a school counsellor - or if you can your parents - about your thoughts and feelings around food and exercise - or even ring ABC or BEAT helplines and talk confidentially to them - but please do talk to someone and get some support and guidance about what is reasonable re eating and exercise.

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Thanks but my GP hasn’t told me anything about exercise and it’s just really hard for me. I don’t know, what if I become fat by not doing exercise?

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Its a fear all those with EDs have - and you do really need to talk these thoughts through with someone - please do try the ABC helpline or BEAT helpline for young people - I am sure they can advise you.

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Thanks I will try!

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I haven’t been diagnosed but am too scared to tell my parents. I’m around the same age and exercise a lot and still feel fat. When I look at myself I feel fat even if all of my friends and family tell me that I look too thin so I just don’t eat or if I’m forced to I’ll say that I ate earlier when I didn’t. The only thing I eat is a bowl of granola every few days.

I know this probably isn’t the reply you was looking for but just know that you aren’t doing this alone and it will all get better.

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Thank you so much for the support. It’s so hard and honestly you will get better too. Talk to someone who is a trusted adult other than your parents if you are too scared to tell them but please talk to someone about it. This illness is a tough one and we need all the support we can get.

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