Question: I need some advice. I don't feel like I'm bad *enough* to qualify as having an eating disorder. Like, I eat multiple times a day, just not a lot. I have a food tracker app and I eat maybe 600 calories a day, and constantly analyze and think about what I eat. But sometimes I cheat and eat a cupcake or a burrito and then I hate myself all day. But I feel bad saying I need help, when so many others are worse off than me, and I don't know what to do.
Hey lovey, SO many of us struggle with this issue of not being “sick enough” and I GET IT! I dealt with this for years. And even when I sought help at the beginning of the year I was STILL questioning whether I was “disordered enough” for help. My therapist kept telling me how ridiculous that statement in itself is. That this is obviously disrupting your life (and quite dramatically I might add)
You don’t need to get to a specific daily calorie number in order to be sick enough.
You don’t need to get to a specific weight in order to be sick enough.
IF YOU ARE ACTING DISORDERED, YOU ARE SICK ENOUGH.
If your life is being disrupted, you are sick enough.
If you are not happy, you are sick enough.
AND YOU DESERVE TO SEEK HELP.
So please, do yourself the biggest favor and take that first step, seek professional help. Find a therapist in your area that specializes in eating disorders or if your in a more serious position maybe discuss the idea of treatment? (I’m no expert in that area though) whatever feels right for you but seek it out because you will not regret doing what is right for your health and happiness.
YOU come first, not your disorder, remember that.