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July 26, 2012 11:53 AM
Forgive my ignorance, but I fail to see the difference.

For someone with an ED (in year 9 of recovery) I'm not sure what the difference is. Aren't you both doing it to lose weight? Is anorexia just fasting taken too far?

Discuss!
July 26, 2012 11:56 AM
Kind of agree.

For the most part (with the exception of IF) fasting is ridiculous.


I guess you're trying to figure out at what point it becomes an ED? I think anytime you completely obssess about it and/or it causes negative effects to your health, it becomes some type of disorder.

Just my 2 cents.
July 26, 2012 11:57 AM
Thanks for the reply!

I am, in a way, attempting to construct a 'definition' of sorts.
July 26, 2012 11:57 AM
I do intermittent fasting on a daily basis. I eat during an 8 hour window and when I do eat, I consume my daily calorie allowance. I am quite, quite far from being anorexic. From what I understand, when anorexics eat, it is too little, too infrequently.
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July 26, 2012 11:58 AM
I understand. Your fasting is regular...like most people who fast overnight.

I guess I should be more specific and say that when you don't consume your caloric/micro/macro needs for extended periods of time.
July 26, 2012 12:00 PM
Well fasting for weight loss can mean eliminating certain foods from your diet for a period of time. It doesn't have to mean going without food completely. Eating only fruits and vegetables for a month is technically a fast. I do get how if taken too far it can be the same as anorexia, but it doesn't have to be.
July 26, 2012 12:01 PM
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I understand. Your fasting is regular...like most people who fast overnight.

I guess I should be more specific and say that when you don't consume your caloric/micro/macro needs for extended periods of time.


There is definitely a fine line between anorexia and athletes who cut weight for sports and your average gym goers who want to be leaner.

I'd say it comes down to someone eating WAYYY below their needs, for an extended period of time, when they are already underweight.
July 26, 2012 12:04 PM
i'm sorry, but if you've had an ED, you should know the difference.

anorexia, bulimia, ect.. they are PROGRESSIVE psychological disorders.

a fast is wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am-i'll-try-it-and-see-how-long-i-last... a far cry from a progressive psychological disorder.
July 26, 2012 12:11 PM
QUOTE:

i'm sorry, but if you've had an ED, you should know the difference.

anorexia, bulimia, ect.. they are PROGRESSIVE psychological disorders.

a fast is wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am-i'll-try-it-and-see-how-long-i-last... a far cry from a progressive psychological disorder.


Exactly how do you think EDs start?

"I'll eat a little less today" then "I won't eat all today" then "I won't eat at all this week"

Sounds a lot like "I won't eat for as long as possible" to me.
July 26, 2012 12:15 PM
The "professional" definition of a disorder is when the behavior is impacting your life negatively in 2 or more areas. Work AND home. Home and friendships. School and church. Physically and socially. You get the idea.

Technically, it isn't a clinical disorder unless you're having some kind of trouble. So if you are fasting, but you aren't changing your social life, work performance, or physical health for the worse, you don't have a clinical disorder.

You're still playing with fire, imho.
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July 26, 2012 12:18 PM
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The "professional" definition of a disorder is when the behavior is impacting your life negatively in 2 or more areas. Work AND home. Home and friendships. School and church. Physically and socially. You get the idea.



Well put. I was trying to think of a way to explain it.
July 26, 2012 12:23 PM
There are a lot of kinds of fasting. The 8 hour window kind is popular now. Brad Pilon's kind (which was like fast a few 24 hours periods in a week, IIRC) was popular. Master Cleanse is always out there. Technically, going not eating from 8pm to 6am is a fast. Of course there are spiritual fasts and political fasts.

I think it's dangerous to paint anyone as potentially anorexic. Usually someone trying the MasterCleanse or other silly fasts like that will be fine on the drink for the 1-10 days (usually 1-2 is enough) and then gain back all the weight lost (or not) and realize there are easier ways. In a way it's probably a good, educational experience and reaffirms their need for a healthy relationship with food. I've seen it suggested in intuitive eating books to do a short term fast just to experience true hunger and your feelings about it.

I suspect true disordered eaters will get to where they are with or without the trendy fasts. But I'm no expert.
July 26, 2012 12:24 PM
QUOTE:

i'm sorry, but if you've had an ED, you should know the difference.

anorexia, bulimia, ect.. they are PROGRESSIVE psychological disorders.

a fast is wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am-i'll-try-it-and-see-how-long-i-last... a far cry from a progressive psychological disorder.


^

http://www.something-fishy.org/

I suggest anyone confused should read up on it, knowledge is power and all.

Great site for recovery, also.
July 26, 2012 12:28 PM
Having recovered from an ED myself, I'll just give my take... It becomes "disordered" when you are doing something IN SPITE of your health, rather than FOR it, and the focus is on the action itself (whether it be binging, purging, or fasting) rather than the result.
July 26, 2012 12:29 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

i'm sorry, but if you've had an ED, you should know the difference.

anorexia, bulimia, ect.. they are PROGRESSIVE psychological disorders.

a fast is wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am-i'll-try-it-and-see-how-long-i-last... a far cry from a progressive psychological disorder.


Exactly how do you think EDs start?

"I'll eat a little less today" then "I won't eat all today" then "I won't eat at all this week"

Sounds a lot like "I won't eat for as long as possible" to me.

Not only am I a recovering anorexic (I say 'recovering' because many health professionals recognize it as an addiction) but I'm an RD.

I'm not sure why people who are FASTING don't consider themselves to have ED. My perspective is not from this side.

Thank you, Beastette! Good information.
July 26, 2012 12:30 PM
Ah, yes. Too many times was it more of a 'competition' with myself, knowing I'm doing something unhealthy but keeping at it, much like smoking.

That was so many years ago!
Edited by sabusby On July 26, 2012 12:31 PM
July 26, 2012 12:34 PM
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Ah, yes. Too many times was it more of a 'competition' with myself, knowing I'm doing something unhealthy but keeping at it, much like smoking.

That was so many years ago!


Glad you are better able to cope now. flowerforyou
July 26, 2012 12:34 PM
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Forgive my ignorance, but I fail to see the difference.

For someone with an ED (in year 9 of recovery) I'm not sure what the difference is. Aren't you both doing it to lose weight? Is anorexia just fasting taken too far?

Discuss!


I would say yes, effectively, if not specifically (I have no clue what the actual medical definition of anorexia). When I fast, I do it conciously for a 24 hour period of time, usually once per week. The other days I eat a very good amount of food, work out, etc. With fasting, you're definitely not starving yourself, and none of those metabolic self defense mechanisms kick in.
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July 26, 2012 12:34 PM
Anorexics don't always fast, its different for every person.
July 26, 2012 12:35 PM
QUOTE:

Kind of agree.

For the most part (with the exception of IF) fasting is ridiculous.


I guess you're trying to figure out at what point it becomes an ED? I think anytime you completely obssess about it and/or it causes negative effects to your health, it becomes some type of disorder.

Just my 2 cents.


So, for the record, all fasting is intermittent fasting. Otherwise, it's called death.
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July 26, 2012 12:36 PM
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QUOTE:

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i'm sorry, but if you've had an ED, you should know the difference.

anorexia, bulimia, ect.. they are PROGRESSIVE psychological disorders.

a fast is wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am-i'll-try-it-and-see-how-long-i-last... a far cry from a progressive psychological disorder.


Exactly how do you think EDs start?

"I'll eat a little less today" then "I won't eat all today" then "I won't eat at all this week"

Sounds a lot like "I won't eat for as long as possible" to me.

Not only am I a recovering anorexic (I say 'recovering' because many health professionals recognize it as an addiction) but I'm an RD.

I'm not sure why people who are FASTING don't consider themselves to have ED. My perspective is not from this side.

Thank you, Beastette! Good information.


You're welcome.
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July 26, 2012 12:36 PM
Haha! We're splitting hairs, now. laugh
July 26, 2012 12:37 PM
Then wouldn't counting calories be the samething? I think the difference is that with anorexia it is taken to far with such a little amount of food, but when most people talk about fasting on here they are talking about fasting for a short period of time, but still getting the same amount of calories in for the day. If somebody is doing a cleanse type fast then I think the difference is self control.
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July 26, 2012 12:38 PM
Fasting alone will not make you an anorexic. But then again, it depends how people interpret fasting. If people fast based on religion beliefs or personal reasons but then resume eating normally I don't consider this anorexia.

Taken from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/anorexia+nervosa

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of anorexia nervosa is complicated by a number of factors. One is that the disorder varies somewhat in severity from patient to patient. A second factor is that most anorectics deny that they are ill. Eventually they usually are brought to treatment by a family member. Most anorectics are diagnosed by pediatricians or family practitioners.

Anorexia nervosa is diagnosed when most of the following conditions are present:

- an overriding obsession with food and thinness that controls activities and eating patterns every hour of every day
- the individual weighs less than 85% of the average weight for his or her age and height group and willfully and intentionally refuses to maintain an appropriate body weight
- extreme fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even when the individual is significantly underweight.
- a distorted self-image that fuels a refusal to admit to being underweight, even when this is demonstrably true
- refusal to admit that being severely underweight is dangerous to health
- for women, three missed menstrual periods in a row after menstruation has been established
Edited by onikonor On July 26, 2012 12:40 PM
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July 26, 2012 12:38 PM
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Having recovered from an ED myself, I'll just give my take... It becomes "disordered" when you are doing something IN SPITE of your health, rather than FOR it, and the focus is on the action itself (whether it be binging, purging, or fasting) rather than the result.


Not to make it fit on a bumper sticker or anything, but I would say when it's controlling you and you're not controlling it...
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