This made me so upset. I’m a young boy who’s sister isn’t at all underweight, but she doesn’t really eat that much in order to maintain her weight. Somedays she just has a milkshake and it makes me so sad watching her. The worst part is the tantrums and suicidal threats. She goes through major tantrums (despite being over 20 years old) for unexplainable reasons. She blames everyone and everything, and at times, will threaten to kill herself with a knife if my parents don’t get her a burger. She screams and cries loudly almost every night, and locks herself away screaming suicidal threats. She immediately regrets these actions soon after.
Is this a symptom of anorexia or an eating disorder? I feel like the lack of food (especially carbs) can cause temper and anger problems. She gets especially annoyed when she sees others eating food. It really affects me because my parents are unintentionally neglecting me (we are two children in total) and I can see my family falling apart. I just wish there was a way to make her better and fix everything. Thank you for posting this, and for reading my comment. I hope you have an answer for my question related to temper-tantrums and hunger. Again, thanks.
There are so many misconceptions and myths about eating disorders which can make getting the right help very difficult.
Misconception #1: You can tell a person has an eating disorder because they’re really thin. This is a dangerous misconception because many people who engage in dangerous eating disorder behaviors appear to be healthy. Prolonging treatment simply because they “look” okay can lead to serious harm. It’s important to understand that weight is only one symptom of an eating disorder. (Source:http://casapalmera.com)
Fact: Individuals with eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. Many times, the media and other public discussions about eating disorders focus solely on individuals with a diagnosis of anorexia who are severely emaciated. In reality, many individuals with anorexia may not ever appear so drastically underweight. Furthermore, many individuals with severe disorders including bulimia, binge eating, and EDNOS can be underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese and often fluctuate in weight. Even athletes who appear to be incredibly fit might be struggling with an eating disorder. The bottom line is that you cannot define someone’s health by how much they weigh and you cannot determine whether they have an eating disorder just by looking at them. (source: http://eatingdisorder.org)
Whether your sister has an Eating Disorder or not?
According to NHS:
Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour.
A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health.
Doctors sometimes use a questionnaire called the SCOFF questionnaire to help recognise people who may have an eating disorder. This involves asking the following five questions:
- Sick: Do you ever make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
- Control: Do you worry you have lost control over how much you eat?
- One stone: Have you recently lost more than one stone (six kilograms) in a three-month period?
- Fat: Do you believe yourself to be fat when others say you are too thin?
- Food: Would you say that food dominates your life?
If you answer “yes” to two or more of these questions, you may have an eating disorder.
From what you told me, I believe your sister has an Eating Disorder and depression.