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Hello,

I began to binge eat in 2013 but I never put on the weight, surprisingly. And since August this year, I have been purging by vomiting and using laxatives. And more recently, specifically 2 weeks ago, I have begun restricting my calorie intake, but I still eat (albeit I no longer binge). By this, I mean, I will eat nothing all day until the evening which is when I end up eating 500-1000 calories. I then proceed to purge.  I also exercise two hours a day, micromanage my calorie intake and weigh myself everyday.

But I realize I am eating/behaving abnormally, so is it still a possible eating disorder? Or am I just choosing to do this? Should I mention this to my therapist? I would like to, but I'm not even sure I want to stop restricting. I just want to stop bingeing.

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Hi Lena,

Yes, you have an eating disorder. Admitting you have a problem is only half the battle. Please tell your therapist about this so that you can get help. I can also provide you with resources for both bulimia (binge/purge) and anorexia (caloric restriction) if you would like. It sounds like your battle with bulimia has taken a twist. Unfortunately, a combination of bulimia and anorexia is becoming more common. Please don't take this lightly. You need help.

Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help. Good luck!

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Mary Pritchard

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I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.

Experience

I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.

Organizations
Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

Publications
Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders

Education/Credentials
PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

Awards and Honors
30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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