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I Am An Adult With Anorexia

this is a group for people over 18 still struggling to recover from an Eating Disorder 212 People

    I am a 40yr old female

    and I have been anorexic for as long as I can remember I guess. I was diagnosed clinically depressed, due to a very abusive first 30 yrs of my life.I have dropped some weight recently and it has set off suspicion at work, I know all the dangers of anorexia but people around me...
    Aqua106 Aqua106
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2013

    How I Overcome Anorexia And Bulimia And Still Remain Slim

    Hi everybody, I really want to share with everybody how i have managed to overcome anorexia and bulimia.I know they say' once you have an eating disorder' you will always have it, but im living proof that thats not true, that is a really negative way to think and completely...
    beverwelly beverwelly
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jun 26, 2010


            When I was fourteen I woke up one day and my life changed forever. I stopped eating plain and simple. I didn't even understand what it was that I was doing so I looked myself up in an encyclopedia to come across the term Anorexia. Now I at least could put a label to...
    Heavenlyhopefull Heavenlyhopefull
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 25, 2011

    I have been struggling with anorexia nervosa

    subtype binge purge for a couple of years now but since September 2014 the binging side has gotten out of control and I have gained 7kg! I am absolutely disgusted in myself and I cannot carry on like this! I can't even tolerate the idea of increasing my calories as if I still...
    bonescoffeeandcigarettes bonescoffeeandcigarettes
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 15, 2014

    Is It A Miracle

    sometimes i think it's a miracle i'm still alive. i have been ana since i was 13. that's more than 40 years of my life. i think the only reason i have lived to get so old is that there have times when i was able to eat almost normal for a few weeks or even months once in a...
    bluenorthern bluenorthern
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Dec 28, 2009

    I'm in a normal weight range now,

    but still obsessed with the number on the scale. 104 is my happy place, 105 is no good. Does it ever stop or is this the typical experience?
    married1987 married1987
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Aug 15, 2014

    I Am Not a Teenager, Why Am I Still Sick?

    This in not an attempt to share how-to-secrets.   Most of us with ED's as adults have been on this road for so long that we don't need any "thinspro." I need life-spro. I have a disease where I'm always trying to recapture something from childhood that was...
    wantingnothing wantingnothing
    7 Responses Aug 14, 2008

    Not A Normal Anorexic

    A lot of anorexic women are always bashing normal weight women for being "too fat" or "disgusting". That's not me at all. I'm not some self-righteous health nut who goes around criticizing everyone else's weight and food choices. If they want to stuff themselves and weigh 200...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme
    2 Responses Feb 3, 2010

    Recovered, But Not

    I have had anorexia since I was a teenager. When I was 18, I weighed only 57 pounds; everyone thought I was going to die. I have been able to recover; I did it without getting any so-called help, and today I am happy with my weight and how I look, and am very healthy. However, I...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme
    2 Responses Aug 30, 2009

    I Am 21 And Will Recover From Anorexia This Time

    I am a 21 year old female I am 157 cm tall/5 foot 2, 5 stone 9/36.2 kg my BMI is 14.4 I want to recover from anorixia, I had had it since I was 16, I have trued a couple of times to recover from it, and each time I fail. I don't know how to recover. I eat about 1200 cals a day I...
    looneygirl looneygirl
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 19, 2011

    Parosan Part 1

    amara name junaid ha.. aur ma rawalpindi ka ai gao ma rahta ho..mari umar 18 sal ha aur ma BS HONOUR ka student ho.. ma aup ko aik suchi kahani sunata ho.. mara gar ka sath aik aurat rahti thi aus ki shadi ho chuki thi.. aus ki age 25,26 sal ho gi.. aus ka husband aik mil ma kam...
    123456t 123456t
    18-21, M
    Oct 1, 2012

    Punished For Being Fat

    about 20 years ago my dr put me on some medication that made me gain weight. i was fat for almost 2 years, even tho i stopped taking it after about six months. when i was fat people treated me with total disrespect. i'd get looks of disgust, i'd get ignored in stores, i'd get...
    bluenorthern bluenorthern
    51-55, F
    4 Responses Dec 28, 2009
    fat1heffa fat1heffa
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 18, 2014

    Please Enter

    Hello, My name is Dana Warshawsky and I am a graduate student at Tel-Aviv Yaffo Academic College in Tel-Aviv, Israel. I'm conducting a research on eating behaviors and relationship and  would greatly appreciate it if you would agree to take part in my study.  The study...
    danadana22 danadana22
    26-30, F
    Jul 24, 2012

    I Thought Anorexia Was Just For Teens....

    Well, here I am, a 44 year old woman who has lost 25% of her body weight in a few months. What began as healthy dieting has turned desperate, and I can't eat anything. I get around 300-400 calories per day, and exercise heavily. I have a significantly disabled special needs...
    penelopecat penelopecat
    41-45, F
    1 Response Oct 26, 2012

    Relapse.... For Now....

    im relapsing and dont know what to do. im 5'2 and 105 but feel like a fat ***. i havent really gained weight but gained FAT instead. i know have love handles and a pooch hanging over my jeans. my thighs are even starting to touch again. ugh. my bf says im the most beautiful...
    ladyjenova ladyjenova
    26-30, F
    Jun 13, 2012

    Please Help My Friend

    Hi, folks. I'd like to run something past you. My neighbors' daughter, "Jane", is 19 and struggling with anorexia. Her family has done all they can to try to help her. Everytime she complains about being too big or too fat, they are quick to say, "No, you're not!". They are...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme
    1 Response Nov 6, 2012

    help... ! https://youtu.

    deleted deleted
    Sep 5, 2015

    Had It For A While

    Im Jack im 19 years old 6ft3. 55 pounds hello This is my story. i was a Model at 16 years of age at 120 lbs.i looked at my self not good enough in my pictures so i started Getting self concise about my pictures Being plastered All over stores. i Started Getting Anorexia 2 Months...
    alucardx alucardx
    18-21, M
    1 Response Dec 1, 2010

    Trying To Understand

    I am 40 yrs old. I have always had issues with food and weight but 7 months ago it took a turn. I started a diet ( although people say I wasn't overweight) to lose a few pounds. A few pounds turned into 10 then 20 and then 30. I have lost nearly 40 pounds in 7 months. I also...
    dpusa dpusa
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2013

    Sick of Pills

    I'm sooooo sick of ineffective medication. I should just set my money on fire- at least that would give me some heat. Right now I'm on celexa and klonipin- but I'm only perscribed to take half a kloni every other night. However, the celexa gives me insomnia.  The kloni is...
    wantingnothing wantingnothing
    2 Responses Aug 16, 2008

    I don't want to post on the "I have anorexia"

    section bc it's all teenage girls way under my happy weight. I've been doing this for over 10 years. I'm not some angsty teen who thinks she's fat and all her friends tell her she's skinny. I know I'm old, I know I'm fat, I know I'm never going to be happy even if I get to a...
    nakedofaname nakedofaname
    1 Response Nov 28, 2015

    I have struggled with it

    for over a decade but I think the past few months ana has reared her ugly head to the point of being full-blown. It's just so all consuming. Sometimes I cry when I cook dinner or cry when I take 2 bites and know I'm going to throw the rest away. I don't feel I'm sick or sickly...
    bookjunkie88 bookjunkie88
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jun 22, 2014

    Starving In New York City

    People, we get it, obesity is unhealthy, and not very attractive either. But here's a news flash. Anorexia is pretty unhealthy and ugly too. Pretty much everyone knows that a healthy mind, body and soul involves living squarely within your BMI (body mass index). Well everyone...
    MaxineR MaxineR
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 23, 2012

    Am I Slightly Anorexic?

    I'm a guy well into adulthood and I always keep my weight under control.  I'm always nice and thin - just the way I like it. I totally stay away from cheese, oils and sugars and have salads nearly everyday. I just like to be thin and I've been that way since around the age of 14...
    ManThongReview ManThongReview
    36-40, M
    1 Response Oct 21, 2011


    This is very similar to another story I posted in another group.I don't remember having a bad childhood, like many kids I was picked on, but for the most part I was a very happy child. I don't remember food ever being an issue for me, until I was older. As a kid, I ate whatever...
    pinkcorsage pinkcorsage
    18-21, F
    Nov 21, 2012

    Mother With Eating Disorder.

    I am a 25 year old mother of a 9 months old baby boy. He is adorable and a joy in my life yet I still continue with this monster inside of me. I gave in to this disease 12 years ago and it bacame my best friend. Always there to run to when everyone turned away. This disease...
    LayEDla LayEDla
    6 Responses Mar 27, 2009


    It feels odd to identify myself as an adult with anorexia, mainly because at 19 I am still new to adulhood. Eating disorders were a constant influence during my adolescence, but I never thought they would continue to linger into my college life. I was diagnosed with anorexia...
    laurascara laurascara
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 8, 2012


    by age yes, i am an adult (with anorexia), but i deffinatly do not feel like an adult. my anorexia keeps me chained to being dependant apon others. i keep myself physically ******, mentally ******. i keep myself suspended in a makeshift child-like state. laptops dying, cant...
    littlemissocd littlemissocd
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 21, 2009

    Why Don't People Understand...

    That I know my eating disorder is killing me. Do people think I'm that ignorant to the fact? I know what it does. I know that it takes years off my life. It ****** me off that my girlfriends best friend basically did an intervention with me today. She recovered from an eating...
    squelettique squelettique
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 20, 2013

    Probably i will be the one too.

    . I am just stessed about image. people like make streotype about how the way we should be look like.. My friends always called me fat.. I think i am so fat, ugly, sad, depressed. I wish go away from this life..I am tired really tired..
    myselfhere myselfhere
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 3, 2015

    Robbing My Life

    I've struggled with depression for several years and developed anorexia as a way to harm myself to exactly what degree I'm not sure, and probably to get attention from anyone. I was always "thin" as a child. After my parents got divorced, I just ate less and less...
    Withouthope Withouthope
    5 Responses Jan 3, 2010

    Unrealistic Standards

    Whenever there is a story about anorexia in a magazine, TV show, or whatever, it always turns into one of those oh-isn't-it-terrible-how-society-has-such-unrealistic-standards-about-thiness rants. It's the same old blah, blah, blah every time; that's why I want to offer my own...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme
    3 Responses Dec 29, 2009

    I Do Not Like Pro-ana

    I hate pro-ana. My reasons for hating pro-ana might surprise you. The typical reasons are "this disease almost killed me, it's ruining my life, it's horrible, it triggers me, blah, blah, blah." I don't like pro-ana because there is nothing there that encourages me, inspires me...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme
    3 Responses Nov 8, 2009

    Love/hate Relationship

    With myself, with food... I love and hate myself.  Depends on the day.  And, sadly, on my weight, and my image in the mirror. I love and hate food.  I hate that I love it.  I love that I hate it.  I hate that I need it. For me it is control, and a...
    skinnybitch skinnybitch
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Feb 10, 2009

    The battle I have been fighting with

    adult-onset anorexia and depression for the past 5 years has truly been torture for me. It has been especially challenging as the mom of two growing children. However, recently I realized that I have got to eat in order to stick around to be here for them. And the only one who...
    Aimee17 Aimee17
    41-45, F
    8 Responses May 9, 2014

    I have been dealing with ed/ana

    for a majority of my life. Things are so very hard right now and I've slid down with symptom use. I don't know how to be completely honest with my team. I just feel like everything is crushing me. And that if I open my mouth to speak no sound comes out no matter how loud I...
    flychickadee flychickadee
    31-35, F
    Feb 13, 2014

    Ana Past, Present And Future

    Dear fellow eating disorder audience members, I have had a chemical imbalance in my brain since I was born. Anorexia has always been a part of my life. With my life, now half way mark; I wonder if it is easier for me to hang on to it; or let it go. What do you all think...
    alitapatel alitapatel
    51-55, F
    1 Response Jun 15, 2013

    Why Do I Bother To Share?

    I don't know why I even bother to share, because there is no one who will ever understand how you can be anorexic AND happy. I suppose it is because I'm looking for encouragement, and people who understand how well I'm doing considering all I've been through. It's hard to find...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme
    10 Responses Jan 15, 2010

    Anorexia Is Getting To Much For Me

    I have suffered from Anorexia for 14 years now. It's been really bad in the last 7 years, since I lost my dad. The problem is I try to eat around 200 calories a day and am finding myself starving at times, so I binge, which make me feel so fat and ballooned. After doing this I...
    anasdevil666 anasdevil666
    2 Responses Mar 2, 2013

    **please Read Me**

    I stumbled upon this music video/song and thought it was fantastic. I think/hope this will be helpful to all those who are challenging anorexia! I am not anorexic but as soon as I saw this video I wanted to find forums and share it hoping that it will give some comfort to you...
    BeautifulYouAre BeautifulYouAre
    Nov 4, 2012

    I lost a lot of hair in the shower today.

    has that ever happened to you? I'm under a lot of stress lately and I've gone from restricted calories (I only ate dinner and usually that would be under 500 cal) to almost no calories. my issue is that I am just not hungry. I feel nauseous at the thought of fixing something to...
    nakedofaname nakedofaname
    1 Response Nov 19, 2015

    I'm Such A Liar To Everyone That's In My Life.

    I was a bit upset the entire day Yesterday I had this conversation with my housemate, and we get along great. But all of the sudden he was like "You know, I think you aren't just depressed because of personality issues but I think you have an eating problem" And I just froze on...
    Nuella Nuella
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 25, 2012

    just got myself a fit bit charge hr.

    my ******* dream come true. goodbye to the days of logging and calculating everything manually. the wasted paper and notepads never filled to completion. not sure how this will end up for me... ... ...
    nakedofaname nakedofaname
    Nov 30, 2015

    Two Types Of Recovery

    When it comes to anorexia, there are two types of recovery. There is superficial recovery, and there is true recovery. Many times, you hear people say, "just eat". No. They have it all wrong. Just eating and gaining weight is only a very superficial form of recovery...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme
    2 Responses Dec 29, 2009


    Scales 30.7 it reads its never enough for him..still geel big sad with my self my mom going on how dead i look how imma have a heart attack th9s isworsed i got then ever b4 :( i feel shot 24.7 i cut ,y elbow slapped my face to escapse akitos part never worked..i lied said i eat...
    alucardx alucardx
    18-21, M
    1 Response Dec 19, 2010
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