Our expert says:
Eating Disorders Expert
In short, I have to say that your short description does paint a rather unhealthy picture. For one thing, you are slightly underweight, and should be weighing closer to 60 kilograms for someone of your height (and age). Your weight should also fluctuate a little more that one kilogram, especially if you are menstruating regularly. Are you menstruating regularly, as this is an important indication that your body is producing sufficient oestrogen? You say that you don’t starve, yet you appear obsessively preoccupied with eating small quantities of food which is an unhealthy sign. Your getting hungry at night might be due to a lack of sufficient calorie intake during the day. This might also be what accounts for your feeling out of control when it comes to treats (which I assume are refined carbohydrates). Maggie, I suggest you consider two steps: First, I would advise you to see a registered dietician and have your current eating habits reviewed and probably revised. You should try to eat three equivalently sized meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) though the day, with a small snack between each meal and one before bedtime. Given your questionable attitude to food (and likely your body), I suggest you consider seeing a psychologist, preferably one who has some experience in working with clients who suffer eating disorders. I am not sure whether you live in a large city or whether you come from a smaller town, but Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban all have specialists. You can email me for a specialist if you wish. Professional treatment is expensive, so make use of your medical aid if you have one and budget for what you can afford. However, please do something to change your current picture, as it will very unlikely change for the better on its own. I hope this helps.
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