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Old July 12th, 2014, 11:11 AM   #1
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Unhappy Is this an eating disorder or just anxiety?

So, i have this kind of fear of eating infront of people. Its not that i dont like food but i always feel like people are looking at me and i look disgusting while im eating. I searched it up on google which i know is probably the worst thing to do and it told me i could have social anxiety disorder or this is a sign of annorexia. Is it one of these things?
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Old July 14th, 2014, 01:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is this an eating disorder or just anxiety?

Whatever you are going through, I'm sure it's not entirely pleasant. I'm sorry! I would definitely consult a professional or trusted adult to help give you a more educated answer. Hope you have an awesome day
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Old July 14th, 2014, 03:59 PM   #3
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It can actually be both anxiety & anorexia. Anorexia is all about control, like controlling the way you look & your weight. It gives you a sense of control in a way. Anxiety is when you feel like you've lost control. I've read up quite a lot on psychology & many who suffer from anorexia had an anxiety disorder prior to developing anorexia. I'd seek some professional help, anorexia & anxiety are illnesses that you're able to be guided through w/ the help of a professional. To me you don't seem like you're anorexic, but I feel it's something that can definitely develop at a later time. You're not disgusting whatsoever, eating is something everyone does. I understand how you feel, I used to feel like shit whenever I had to eat in front of people. I got over it though, if you can't love me for who I am & the way I look you're just ignorant & you don't deserve to be in my life. I really hope that you get through this, good luck & be sure to keep us updated!


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Old July 14th, 2014, 04:12 PM   #4
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You shouldn't worry. I know that I for one am extremely shy while around visitors, especially while eating. When I was 12 up to early 14, I would keep my head down while eating and cover my mouth with a napkin. But the point of eating is for food, so you live, not to look like some celebrity on a movie seductively taking a bite out of a melty pizza( unless you want to lol ;D) Even now whenever I eat around people who aren't family, I still feel self-conscious. Probably will fade over time. Unless you worry too much about your weight/throw up food on purpose, you don't have anorexia. As long as you can stand being around people( u don't have to like the girls screaming on either side of u) and can talk if you need to, you most likely shouldn't worry about social anxiety.
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Old April 13th, 2015, 04:24 AM   #5
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Well, you don't need to worry. It is simply anxiety and nothing serious. Anyhow, I would still recommend to you go to doctor.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 06:32 AM   #6
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Try not to stress too much about it but if its causing you to not eat properly and you are losing weight then a chat with the doctor may be best.
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Old May 11th, 2015, 01:24 AM   #7
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So, i have this kind of fear of eating infront of people. Its not that i dont like food but i always feel like people are looking at me and i look disgusting while im eating. I searched it up on google which i know is probably the worst thing to do and it told me i could have social anxiety disorder or this is a sign of annorexia. Is it one of these things?
i dont think any person in the world cares what others look like when they eat so you should just stop thinking about it because its pointless.
sorryyy!
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Old May 12th, 2015, 06:50 PM   #8
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Default Re: Is this an eating disorder or just anxiety?

This dinner table anxiety happened to me too....In a different way tho.....
I was rail thin all my life but by 15y I started to gain...(I went from 46kilo to 65+kilo within 2yr)...Obviously my changes were much noticeable and some aunt/uncle would bring that up in the dinner table...like "..ur getting filled out but I think u can stand to eat and put on a bit more...." and load my plate....(or my mom will)...This used to turn me pink and very self consious to a level I cannot continue my meal..
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