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let's be honest folks...<br><br><br><br>
if u r, u r, please share why<br><br><br><br>
if not, then share why not?!<br><br><br><br>
whether we like it or not, vego and veganism has been related to eating disorders... i am a vegan who has had an ED in the past... so i'm curious to hear HOW OTHERS CONSIDER THEIR VEGO/VEGAN LIFESTYLE choice related to the moral standpoint.<br><br><br><br>
it may not be nice or fun to discuss, but it is important! your honetsy and introspection are sought on this occasion!<br><br><br><br>
cheers,<br><br><br><br>
Kat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:">
 

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Kat New:<br><br><br><br>
Are you saying that an eating disorder can be caused by a vegetarian or vegan diet? Or, are you saying that there is a connection between people with eating disorders and the likelihood of them becoming vegetarian or vegan?<br><br><br><br>
I get the feeling your saying that a vegetarian or vegan diet leads to an eating disorder, and before I start writing, I thought I'd make sure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Personally I think EDs are such complicated things, and peoples' reasons for being veg*n are so broad that it would be difficult to draw any realiable info on the subject.<br><br>
Personally I binged before being veggie, I went the other way for a while since becoming veggie.<br><br>
But I wouldn't say that my choice to become veggie was in any way influenced by my "problem". It was a decision made on compassionate grounds, and based on food scares (eg bse).<br><br>
And yes I'm trying to lose some weight as I'm above what is ideal.- and I'd say being veggie does give me more support...
 

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I'm trying to lose weight, but I didn't give dieting a second thought for the first thirtytwo years I was veggie, so it didn't disorder me.<br><br>
My undoing was widely available vegan chocolate and icecream after years of vegan famine.
 

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I am on a vegetarian diet. I started a diet on <a href="http://www.ediets.com" target="_blank">www.ediets.com</a> and there happened to be a vegetarian diet option. I decided I wanted to try that to get into the habit of eating better, and healthier things.<br><br><br><br>
I am overweight, I should lose oh.. about 100 pounds to be totally healthy. I plan on doing it slowly hopfully within a year or so. I just wanted to alter my eating lifestyle, and I figured doing it the vegetarian way was by far the biggest change I could do.<br><br><br><br>
I have had a lot of fun trying recipies ediets gives me, also the recipies found on here and all the other sources I have gotten on this VB. You guys have been very supportive on my lifestyle change telling me what to look for and such.<br><br><br><br>
I know I am a minority on here... most of you have changed for the sake of animal preservation and such.. and as I have to admit, that is important.. it was not the main factor on me switching.<br><br><br><br>
So far I can say.. in the almost 3-4 weeks on this diet, I have probably lost close to 10 pounds.. I could be wrong cause my scale sucks.. but I would figure maybe a couple pounds a week easy.<br><br><br><br>
Thank you all for the support.. and keep your fingers crossed for me.
 

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I would really like to lose some weight but I have chilled out on reducing my intake since I got sick and was miserable counting calories all the time. I am currenly 5'3, 140 pounds, which is more than I would personally like to be. I think the connection between eating disorders and veganism is that both involve an element of control and obsession. When you're vegan, you have to really think about what you're putting into your mouth and have control over that, and I think that people already predisposed to eating disorders are often attacted to veganism.<br><br>
Good job to everyone who is loosing weight the healthy way!!!! Don't starve yourselves or restrict obsessively, just be good to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
lovenlight,<br><br>
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ok, from a moral stand point, being a vegan is easy. losing weight, I thought it would be easy, no cheese etc! when I first became vegan I dropped nearly a stone in weight over about two months, fantastic.<br><br><br><br>
but since then, well, I haven't gained, but the losing weight has ceased!<br><br><br><br>
This could be to do with the fact that i discovered all the alternatives.<br><br><br><br>
Although I definately think the vegan lifestyle is healthier. The one key point is that in todays society it is always possible to find junk food. Then will power kicks in.
 

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I read about the correlation between EDs and veg*nism. The way I see it is that being veg does NOT by any means cause an ED (how could it?), but that rather a person with an ED is likely to use being veg*n as a "tool" or just another way to battle the ED, or to live out the food obsession. I know this from personal experience, unfortunately. I don't want to discuss this openly, but if anyone is interested, you can pm me.
 

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I've read that a sudden drop in caloric intake, causing rapid weight loss, can trigger changes in neurochemistry that may put certain people at a higher risk for developing an eating disorder. Obviously, this applies mostly to people who are trying to lose weight. But sometimes people go veg*n without understanding their nutritional needs, come on the board saying "I'm hungry all the time!", and it turns out they're only eating like 1000 calories a day. So theoretically there could be causality there, though it seems unlikely.
 

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Im trying to lose weight, but thats not my reasoning for going veg..I was really sick and I was not taking care of myself at all..the main reason why I went veg was for heatlh reasons..and I like it better..Ive never really been much of a me*t eater..We were veg the first 5 years I was on this planet..But animal preservation does play a role in it too..I dont feel that I have an eating disorder..Ive never purged or stopped eating (yah, like THAT would ever happen!)..I just let myself go for a long time, and ate horribly and didnt take care of myself..now thats changed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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A couple threads have touched on the correlation between EDs and veg*nism before. I'd agree with Schoska that they're both a bit too complicated to reach any conclusions regarding causality.<br><br><br><br>
I actually (thankfully) gained weight around the time I went veg. I was underweight (not due to an ED -- just a super high metabolism and a ton of exercise. I couldn't gain weight no matter <i>what</i> I ate). I starved myself to slow down my metabolism, then ate a whole bunch of quesadillas and salads because I didn't know enough about vegetarian cooking at the time to do anything else. I gained about 10 pounds then, and then a few more in college (when I learned to cook with variety), and have stayed at my ideal weight of 115 lbs since.<br><br><br><br>
So, um, no. I've never tried to lose weight. Currently, I'm working on gaining muscle mass through resistance training, actually.
 

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um i weigh 107 lbs so no i'm not trying to lose weight. if anything i'm trying to gain. right now i'm trying to include more protein and more calories in my diet every day so i can put on some muscle and maybe a wee bit of fat.<br><br><br><br>
i don't think veg*nism should be used as an excuse to lose weight though, because when i went vegan my weight stayed exactly the same. my eating habits didn't change that much. i eat just as much carbs as i ever did and indulge on junkfood still, though less often and vegan junkfood isn't as unhealthy for the most part.<br><br><br><br>
what i suggest for losing weight is find a sport or activity you love and do it. my boyfriend and friends of ours do the mountain bike thing, as i've mentioned a few times before. they race and stuff and are pretty healthy during racing season. another friend though has always been really large and very unhealthy, her eating habits are just awful and she was really inactive. she decided to go biking with the others one day just to check it out, and ended up liking it. just in the last couple months she's dropped 5 clothing sizes apparantly and might enter a couple of the races this summer. i think it'll be good for her because the others always put huge emphasis on eating healthy through the season and especially around races.
 

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You know, my reasons for becoming veg*n are so odd. My husband left. For the years we were married we ate SO much meat. Before we married I had been vegetarian on and off and really enjoyed eating that way frankly...it's just the kind of diet I think my body naturally gravitates towards. But while married to my X I became obese and unhealthy. And no restriction diet worked for me. Even if I ate LESS chicken, I couldn't lose, and I also felt SO hungry. So I just became accostomed to the idea that I was going to be large.<br><br><br><br>
Then he left. And the one thing I was happy about was FINALLY being able to eat exactly as I wanted. What I found I wanted was some tomato soup and perhaps a salad, or some pasta with sauteed fresh vegetables. I had some frozen chicken leftover and decided that once it was gone, I wasn't buying anymore meat.<br><br><br><br>
Then I started researching vegetarianism/veganim online and gave up dairy eventually. I'm still surprised at the things I read about dairy. I found that after I gave up dairy, I could finally breathe clearly through my nose for the first time in ten years. That 'lingering' sinus problem had been a dairy allergy that I've spent a lot of my life ignoring.<br><br><br><br>
Weight loss i have to admit, at that point in my life was at the BOTTOM of my list of priorities. I just wanted a different life. I wanted to be healthy, and I wanted to live in a way that I believed was right for me. So that's what I did.<br><br><br><br>
And then I lost all of the weight I had gained during my marriage. I'm now the same size as I was before marrying. I think the moral of this is...never compromise who you are for another person. Little stuff you can compromise, but not the BIG things.<br><br><br><br>
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I think dieting in general (not just veg*n diets) can lead to obsessing over food, and in my experience that's the root of most eating disorders.
 

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If one is suffering from an eating disorder it's through a variety of mental and emotional issues, not veganism. Like someone else mentioned here, veganism might seem appealing to someone who is already suffering from an eating disorder because it provides them with a relatively socially acceptable "tag" to hang on their eating habits, and therefore gloss over their internal struggle.<br><br><br><br>
I am 31 years old, 5' 7", and I weight 134 pounds. I've recently lost about 6 pounds (purposely) using a slightly modified Weight Watchers points plan. I've been a vegan for about 7 years, and wasn't too concerned with weight, but I've been feeling a little sluggish and thought a revamp of my eating habits wouldn't be remiss. Also, I've been reworking and intensifying my weight training (I would like to be stronger), so it was necessary to modify my eating habits.
 

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I am not trying to lose weight - I am trying to maintain my current size since I just bought a new suit for job interviews and I would like to use it for awhile <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> When I went vegetarian, losing weight was not really a concern for me. I just don't like eating meat and I am concerned with animal welfare. Plus I must admit - it was fun to watch my family freak out when I told them that I would no longer partake in eating meat dishes especially chicken.
 

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OK just got to say at this point that although being new to this board I am LOVING the honesty! I became a veg*n for mostly moral & to a lesser degree health reasons. But have to admit I'd love to shift a few kilos as well. But even if I was on an omni diet I'd want to shift a bit of weight so think that's just some sort of female conditioning. I have two best mates, one is very skinny, one is rather large , both are happy, gorgeous attractive women with no shortage of male attention (& both btw are omni). I don't think my choice of diet reflects an ED at all. But I appreciate that in some cases it might.
 
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