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I Used To Be Anorexic

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 240 People

    I honestly HATE people

    who say I know nothing about anorexia, because I do. I had it, and to this day my parents didn't even know, I went through that torture ALL by myself! Nobody was there with me. Not even a friend, I understand what it's like, it's not a diet, it's a disease, and people think that...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Jan 2, 2015

    boys: i don't understand

    why girls are so obsessive about their weight. boys: ew shes fat
    Differentisgood Differentisgood
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 19, 2014

    When I met Ana, like a breath of fresh air,

    She blew into my life to chase away the nightmare, she was my only friend when I swore I had none, She tried to take my pain, but i still felt so alone. she dragged me along, promised better days. Kept me under blinds, so in the dark I stayed. Ana was a selfish friend who...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Dec 29, 2014

    I Used to Be Anorexic

    Okay...First I'll say that I do not encourage anybody to "go anorexic" I was a freshmen in high school and I was lost and I thought that if I got a bf I would be happy. Well I dated this guy and he was jerk so we broke up. Then a few weeks later I started talking to...
    missthang308 missthang308
    18-21
    1 Response Jun 12, 2009

    Still Emotionally Anorexic

    While in undergrad I was very interested in becoming a psychologist of abuse... food, physical, emotional, drug, etc. The sad thing was that I was in a relationship that was emotionally abusive, became physically abusive and with what he would say I became Anorexic to please him...
    GoddessNakiBean GoddessNakiBean
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 19, 2008
    Unicornpeasant Unicornpeasant
    18-21, F
    Mar 18, 2015

    You Can Make A Difference

    Hi my name is , Briana Lee. I’m a sophomore in college I am 19. I am doing a school Project on Anorexia. AND I NEED YOUR HELP. I am creating a Public Heath Message. This Project is supposed to help girls and women just like you see the struggles Anorexic Women go through. I...
    babiibrii babiibrii
    18-21, F
    Nov 4, 2012
    Differentisgood Differentisgood
    18-21, F
    Jul 11, 2014

    I Used To Be Anorexic.

    it started when i was 13. looks and my body shape was all i really cared about and one day i got called 'a fat pig' i know it sounds pathetic right? but i was young. i looked in the mirror and i can just remeber thinking god i am fat! and thats when it started really. i would...
    radicalgirl radicalgirl
    16-17
    1 Response May 20, 2012

    I developed anorexia

    when I was 14 and continued to lose weight for over a year. I've had a healthy body weight since I was 15 and Im now 17. However I suffer from depression and have done for over three years, one of the primary physical symptoms of depression is weight loss. Over the past 6 weeks...
    DreamsOfDrowning DreamsOfDrowning
    18-21, F
    Feb 24, 2015

    When I was like 5 years old I was.

    I never ate anything and was terribly skinny. It wasn't my fault tho, it was because of my tonsils. They were too big to the point where I couldn't swallow. But now that I got them removed I've gainef a lot of weight and now since I've been bullied and hate my body; I want to be...
    osnapitzama osnapitzama
    18-21, F
    Jun 12, 2014

    My Dad's Affair Made Me Anorexic

    Standing topless in a dressing room, trying on yet another size 6 that inevitably would be far too big and baggy for my tiny body, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. My ribs were easily visible through my skin and I was dangerously thin. Two months previous to this I...
    LittleMissFaustus LittleMissFaustus
    18-21
    1 Response Nov 9, 2010

    I was pretty normal as a kid,

    I really didn't care about my weight. But when I reached 10 years old, it had began to get out of control. I had done gymnastics, and I was 10 5'2" and weighed 145 pounds. Everyone thought I was so skinny, but hiding behind the uniform hid so many feelings. I fit in with...
    MickaelaLovesZachLin MickaelaLovesZachLin
    18-21, F
    Aug 8, 2014

    Sculpting Me

    When I was in 8th grade, I started spending time with a new group of girls.  They were beautiful and fun, and we all were in the same dance school.  We went shopping together a lot and had sleepovers frequently where we would tell each other secrets and gossip.  ...
    irishmusicqueen7 irishmusicqueen7
    18-21
    Sep 26, 2010

    Not My Body...but It Is.

    Sometimes I look into the mirror and think I am still fat and unattractive. I am healthy and have been for six years. But sometimes I miss my old body. I miss being skinny. I was sick during this time, mentally and phsically, but from the outside I looked perfect. This is such a...
    Linszw5v Linszw5v
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 26, 2007

    My Ana tendencies started in 5th grade.

    I happened to read this book series called california diaries I think, and this girl in them named Maggie had an eating disorder. Her parents fought a lot, and I felt for her character. My own parents were less than parents, fighting, drinking, doing drugs, and I began to skip...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jan 8, 2015

    It happened in the middle of sixth grade.

    I was seriously overweight and was teased all the time but it never really bothered me until I started getting....jealous. I did everything I could to stop eating and there was even one day when I only had about 9 or 7 little sips of water. I disconnected from my friends. A lot...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Sep 22, 2015

    The Circus Mirror

     I used to tell myself, it's just this outfit. THEN I would proceed to try on every thing in my closet. look in every mirror. To me noothing looked good. Half the time I looked at myself I wanted to throwup. Jump on the cardio machine. Everywhere I lookedmy fingers, My...
    PorcelainDoll PorcelainDoll
    16-17, F
    4 Responses Apr 9, 2008

    Anorexia... the illness of a person

    who eats but barely, no matter how thin they are, they still want to get thinner. It can be an addiction. I was anorexic, at the time I wanted to be like the other girls. I wanted to be thinner, to be perfect. If I kept trying enough then maybe they would ignore the sadness and...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Feb 21, 2015

    Diagnosed With Anorexia

    2 years ago i was diagnosed with anorexia, after finally relenting and going to the doctor.  I was extremely underweight, my health was at fatal point, and my immune system was starting to reject everything, yet i still saw a fat me, everytime i looked in the mirror. ...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    5 Responses May 23, 2008

    I really used to be stupid,

    I was that typical, 11 year old girl who thought I was fat, the typical "I want a pro Ana buddy" I got a pro Ana buddy, me and her messaged everyday, we scolded each other if we said we had eaten much. Our everyday meal was a little bit of cottage cheese, fruit, and water...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jun 5, 2015

    Not Doing That Well Right Now

    I'm working through a workbook for people with eating disorders NOS because I can't afford therapy, and I realized that off the top of my head, I can think of 64 negative thoughts about body, weight, and eating I have regularly. Even if I don't carry them all out all the time...
    Susannahjade Susannahjade
    26-30, F
    May 18, 2013

    Attention All Anorexics

    Dear all anorexics, I understand what you're going through. Life is hard, we all struggle. I was anorexic for 2 years, but i recovered a little over 3 months ago. You need to hear this, so please, don't just brush off everything i say or ignore the fact that you read this...
    wishingforrecovery wishingforrecovery
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 22, 2013

    I'm not going into details

    because someone asked me to pose this and it's a super long backstory and I don't think most people want to read an essay. However, I made awful choices and had low self-esteem issues. I tricked others into believing I was actually not hungry even though I was starving and felt...
    mckenziexoxo mckenziexoxo
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 3, 2015

    I Have to See My Mom On Monday

    My mom IS my ED... I feel bad saying that! I have to see her Monday, and I know she will dissapprove of my healthy weight.  She's been bulimic since I can remember... I lack the gag reflex dispite her attempts to train me. I avoid going home, just to get away from that...
    TheOtherMe TheOtherMe
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 21, 2008

    I Still Have A Lot Of Disordered Thought

    For me, I had a mother who was bulimic when she was younger and throughout my childhood I always remember her being unhappy with her weight and trying to lose weight. She still is now. I started developing at age eight and was larger and taller than other children, so as young as...
    Susannahjade Susannahjade
    26-30, F
    May 4, 2013

    When I met Ana, Like a breath of fresh air,

    She blew into my life to chase away the nightmare, she was my only friend when I swore I had none, She tried to take my pain, but i still felt so alone. She dragged me along, Promised better days, But kept me under blinds, So in the dark I stayed Ana was a selfish friend who...
    rainbowmuffins rainbowmuffins
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2014

    I've fallen back into my anorexic mind set

    after I started to realize my body wasn't gaining wait.
    rosebudkitten rosebudkitten
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jun 16, 2015

    It's Creeping Back

    When I was 16 - 20 I was anorexic/bulimic. It started in high school with just overall weight obsession and diet pills. After high school I became severely depressed and the obsession grew. I started a "food" journal (which barely had any food listed) and started taking...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Oct 9, 2012

    95 Lbs...down to 80 Lbs

    I was 95 for about 5 years.  I went up to it in pre-puberty for that pre-puberty weight, then I just stayed that weight forever.   I 8th grade I was TERRIFIED to go over 100 Llbs.  I thought that was fat.  I was also approached by modeling agencies to start...
    BlackbirdAlly BlackbirdAlly
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 17, 2008

    Freshman Fifteen

    For those of you who don't know "Freshman Fifteen" is the expression used to describe the average amount of weight a college freshman gains: between stress, unhealthy eating, and lack of exercise. I gained that freshman fifteen (well, fourteen), and because of it, I now weigh a...
    wannabewriter42614 wannabewriter42614
    22-25, F
    Jun 13, 2013

    I was really depressed,

    and suddenly stopped eating. I ate only 600 calories or less. I lost more then 40 pounds in about 3 months. Nobody saw the change. Nobody cared. Not even my own mother. On my own, I started eating more. :)
    jennamarie210 jennamarie210
    16-17, F
    1 Response Dec 11, 2013

    half the world is starving,

    the other half is trying to loss weight
    Differentisgood Differentisgood
    18-21, F
    Jun 26, 2014

    But You'd Never Know It Now

    I look back on the craziest time of my life, including a hospitalization and poor physical condition and wish I could be that thin again.
    summertime summertime
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Dec 13, 2006

    Anorexia

    I was the weird quiet kid in school. I never had a lot of friends and people made fun of me a lot. When I was 16 I became a model and suddenly I was more accepted. There's a lot of stress to be thin, and instead of just being healthy I stopped eating all together. I lived in the...
    mollydoesntmind mollydoesntmind
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 7, 2013

    some days I feel so confident

    and wonder why I ever had a problem, and other days, it's so tempting to fall back into it.. today is one of those other days.. I don't have much will to eat today. words of encouragement please?
    darkinferno darkinferno
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 9, 2015

    I use to hate my body.

    But now I'm learning to love it, I'm learning that no one is perfect. I've learned that I am beautiful and so is the person next to me. I sometimes freak and panic over my weight and size, but I am still learning how to control my emotions. I am at a perfectly normal size. I'm...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jul 9, 2015

    I Was All My Life, Untill the ...

    I was all my life, untill the last few years...but i still always think im fat
    furiousangel furiousangel
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 23, 2007

    Not Anorexic Just Have Anorexic Traits

      my husband used to  come home from work telling me  that different girls hit on him and  blah blah blah ( he worked in a gym ) so i felt as if i wasnt  good enough for him because i didnt go to the gym we had barely anything in common  and...
    starstruck2xtrme starstruck2xtrme
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 25, 2007

    I USED to be anorexic.

    But lately I haven't been eating much and I've been working out until I throw up.. I thought I was done with this ****.. I'm so sorry I came back.
    makaiajane makaiajane
    18-21, F
    Jun 12, 2014

    150 To 85 To 140

    My sophomore year of highschool I began working out to get in real good shape for softball. I began to lose weight. I had weighed around 150 before I began working out and quickly lost weight. I got around 120 when people started with the compliments. I then got to 115 pounds and...
    brigal25 brigal25
    16-17, F
    Dec 25, 2010

    Anorexic Memories...

    I was nine years old when it started. Now, ten years later, I can finally say it's behind me. Ana not only took ten years of my life due to 21 hospitalizations, 4 tube feedings, among other things, but she also took my family and made them think I was worthless, took my health...
    AnorexicMemories AnorexicMemories
    18-21, F
    Nov 19, 2009

    *sigh* I don't know if it's

    because I've been down in the dumps lately or stubbornness. But I don't want to eat anymore, I'm trying to be happy with my body but it's hard... not eating makes me feel better
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jul 28, 2015

    I was anorexic on & off

    for years, and I think the anorexia is coming back. I refuse to eat unless someone forces me to & then I cry afterwards. I also have been obsessively weighing myself to the point where my sister had to hide the scale from me. I'm really scared that I don't have the strength to...
    untamedx3heart untamedx3heart
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 11, 2015
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