Our expert says:
If as you say, you have an obsession with gaining weight, a distorted body image, are constantly dieting, stress about every calorie you eat and binge over weekends, then I seriously think you are suffering from an eating disorder. Your BMI of 23,2 is excellent and far, far from overweight. In view of your obsession and stress, which as your friend correctly says can hamper weightloss due to the production of stress hormones, I would advise you to consult a clinical psychologist(they are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Psychologists' or you can ask your gp to refer you), to help you work out what underlying psychological problems are driving you to self-destruct and to learn most positive ways of dealing with these problems. You should also consult a clinical dietitian to assist you to get back to eating normally again. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. If you are in Gauteng then it may help to contact Tara Hospital as they have an Eating Disorder clinic (phone (011) 783-2010. In Cape Town and environs you can contact the Kenilworth Clinic (021) 797-1400 and in KwaZulu Natal there is Riverview Manor (033) 701-1911, or contact them on: www.riverviewmanor.co.za
Go for expert help ASAP, so that you can start living the normal life of a 24-year-old woman with a good figure.
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