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So I am at the bottom of the ” acceptable ” weight range for my height, and I love the way I look. I feel very attractive and love that I can wear cute clothes and look great in them. I’m worried that I might be too in love with my body. I’m afraid of gaining more than a few pounds, so I’m careful not to. I have a minimum and a maximum amount of calories I try to eat every day and it is the normal healthy amount. I also like exercising and do so a lot. Where I get nervous is when I have to eat junk food. I will eat it in small amounts, but it’s harder for me to eat a lot of it. For example, I’ll eat a small fries from a restaurant but I probably won’t eat pizza and breadsticks and cookies all in one meal. Is there something wrong with me? My mom has been on a diet and lost fifty pounds, so I have seen a lot of what dieting is like. I also don’t want to look like she did before she lost weight, and sometimes I’m afraid of that happening. I used to be a little chubby when I was 8 or 9, but I slimmed down quickly as a teenager. I don’t want to look the way I did when I was younger. However, I’m always alternating between being afraid of getting huge and being afraid of becoming anorexic. I don’t want to lose weight; I just want to look good and stay in shape like I am now. But I’m scared that my fear of too much junk food is a sign of anorexia.

July 27, 2015 at 20:38
Chloe T.

Chloe T.

Wow. I know exactly what you’re feeling right now. I was in this same situation about 2 years ago. I liked the way I looked, but I had a lot of strict eating rules and was incredibly afraid of getting fat. After a friend and I went through a very unpleasant “breakup,” those initial problems became a major issue in my life. Being especially healthy turned into extreme disordered eating behaviors.
I regret the way I treated my body, my temple. While starving myself, I was miserable and felt ill all of the time. I lost weight, my period, and my confidence.
My advice for you would be to be careful. Be healthy, but worry more about eating average-sized portions rather than ruling out specific foods. I would encourage you to talk to someone you trust about this. I know it’s not easy to open up about, but telling someone will bring you freedom.
It’s difficult to be in this situation because you don’t feel like you can find “freedom” for something that isn’t exactly a problem. But I am here to tell you that God is willing and able to heal you. He wants to change your mindset, which is not something you can do on your own. He designed you. To design is to intend for a specific purpose. He has amazing plans for you, and he wants you to be a confident girl who doesn’t look to food restrictions as a way to measure her worth. It will take time (years maybe,) but if you seek Him, He will help you.
I’ll be praying for you girl! If you want to talk more, feel free to reply and let me know! 😊

August 24, 2015 at 17:45
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