Our expert says:
Eating Disorders Expert
First, I agree with you that it is great that an Eating Disorders Forum has been started. I do my best to try and keep up to date, but I have faultered recently with a very busy practice and the birth of my first child. Busy, busy, busy. Anyway, you have done really well making the progress in your recovery to date. Your weight at present is perfect. Although you are in the normal weight range (very important to do that), you are weighing quite a bit less than the average person your age. I assume that you are older than 18 (being married). Nevertheless, it's fine for you to stay where you are. Just don't thy to lose weight. Being obsessed about eating in a so-called healthy way is commonly referred to as being "orthorexic". It's not a formal psychiatric diagnostic term, but more a layman term referring to an obsession with low-fat, all green, and a general obsession woith being health preoccupies. This is ironically unhealthy, because it is an obsession in itself, which distracts from the moderation you referred to in your question that is important to aspire to. The key is balance and moderation in everything from lifestyle, to food choices, to an ability to adjust to life changes. K, you must be patient with yourself and try and broaden your variety of foods. Try and be a little more adventurous and playful with food. I actually believe that one does make a full recovery from an eating disorder, as so many of our patients have reached there - now having completely normal and enjoyable relationships with food and themselves. So, keep going, as you are already in a so much better space. Just think back to where you were when you were in the depths of your eating disorder compared to where you are now. okay. Do watch out to not cross addict, as this is a risk. But, if you become increasingly emotionally connected, that risk will decrease.
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