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1. How have you experienced eating disorders, has it been through friends or family, or a personal experience for you? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
My experience with eating disorders is personal and through friends. My first contact with an eating disorder was when I moved in with a lady who was bulimic. I was about 17 years old (1987) and I hadn't even heard of eating disorders back then. Unfortunately, once you find out, you never forget. I have struggled with an addictive personality my entire life and at that time I was a bit chubby and not happy with myself. I had started to exercise, which turned into an addiction in itself and it's something that often goes hand in hand with an eating disorder.
My problem with food started due to me hurting myself while jogging and it made me unable to exercise for over a year. To control my weight, I started to cut back on my food and that lead to the beginning of a very short bout of anorexia that saw me reach the weight of 45 kg (7 stone / 1.208 pounds). I found it difficult to control around people, so I started to eat and purge instead.
I suffered as a bulimic for several years and I finally stopped when I was in my mid to late 20s after receiving several years of counseling.
By that stage however, the damage was done. I have bad gums and still to this day I cannot go too long without food because my body begins to vomit and dry wretch. Mind you, that issue was much worse to experience in my late 20s because the only thing that would stop it was a trip to a GP and a needle of something to relax me.
Sadly, due to my addictive personality, I still can't control my impulses and I have a tendency to binge eat regularly. Thankfully, I don't purge any more, but I do have an issue with my weight. So I guess it's something that has never really healed for me, but has perversely evolved!
2. How would you describe eating disorders, and do you think anyone really ever fully recovers from them?
I described eating disorders as a mental health issue, an overpowering addiction, a compulsive/impulsive disorder and a disease . It's also something that goes hand in hand with other mental health issues such as depression or low self esteem etc. In my case, I am a diagnosed severe depressive, BPD, addictive personality and a few minor ocd's. An eating disorder is something that has a will of its own and really takes over a person. It's very scary.
No, I don't believe someone ever fully recovers - not in my case anyway. It's more of a case of management as you heal. I liken it to being a recovering alcoholic or gambler; you can recover, but it needs constant management and awareness.
3. What would your advice be to friends and family of individuals suffering from an eating disorder? What is the best approach to have, what should be done vs what should be avoided?
The first step to getting help is for the sufferer to admit that they have a problem. They seclude themselves and hide their problem with amazing skill. Anger isn't going to help that person and I experienced a lot of that from family members. Any negative responses will draw the sufferer away from help and recovery.
Secondly, that person needs professional help. Some families think that they can help their loved ones themselves, however, because an eating disorder is a mental health issue (and a serious one), they are going to need help from trained professionals.
As a family member or good friend - be loving, caring, supportive and be ready for a long haul with possible setbacks.
4. Is there anything you could advise to individuals currently dealing with an eating disorder? How do you fight it, how do you heal?
Get professional help - go to your GP and / or see a counselor. Of course, that depends upon the severity as well, many will need hospital treatment. Time is your best friend here. This will take a lot of time to heal, so be patient and be strong.
5. What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions about eating disorders?
That the person thinks that they are in control by being anorexic or bulimic, whereas the eating disorder is controlling them.
6. Do you think that today's society is feeding the increase in eating disorders in our youth? Would you say that there is always a trigger to an eating disorder? The media, bullying, parents, genetics, etc?
There are 3 questions here, but they are strongly linked to form 1. The answer is yes = eating disorders are a way of controlling something when all else in a person's life is or feels out of control - it's a survival mechanism that can be caused by any number of things such as...
Environmental conditions - Off the top of my head, youth are dealing with the faster pace and higher stress of today's society. There's the continual media induced targeting of what is meant to be beautiful. There's also a higher divorce rate, which means that life at home sucks! In opposition to that, there are those that expect high achievement. Peer pressure is still around. Bullying is rife and targeting individuals is easier / nastier with today's technology. This list goes on and on...
You mention genetics. I believe that's a fairly new approach to where an eating disorder comes from. I can't make an educated comment on this subject, but I can say that it would makes sense in some cases. I previously likened it to alcoholism and that is also a predisposition known to be genetic in many.
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This week was the Spanish version of the site being updated... didn't manage to get it finished by this report but, well, I'm both working on the site, the book translation and the 3D models. Thanks the Guardians my brother make all the work about animations and music, and other 3D models.
I was so busy that I didn't notice that the IGSM Keeper has been frontpaged on NG on July 18th... that's quite a feat! There it has 539 views... hope you all will help to match the target! (P.S.: thus I'm going to make some structural changes on this drone, it is one of the "characters" of MUSS Cause... every kind of support is extremely appreciated)
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Spanish edition: 16/71 pages translated French edition: rough translation ready
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Last news is about a collection of short tales inspired on actuality themes Here's a sample tale (of the 3 featured)
One last collection of poems, called Tributo alla Natura, will feature my earliest poems and it will be announced as soon as it reaches at least the 30 poems lenght (a.k.a. I've to write poems about flowers, weather, landscapes and such... that's the price for wanting to be an author/editor) Here's few sample poems
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