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Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:00 am

Dear T2T: I throw up occasionally after I eat too much. It’s not like I do it all the time, but one of my friends knows about it and is making it a problem. What do you think? Seriously, it doesn’t even happen a lot so I don’t know why she’s freaking. — Normal to me

Response No. 1:

Thank you for letting us know  about your situation. Maybe it is not that your friends are making a big deal out of it, but they’re just very concerned about you. If you feel uncomfortable about the situation, maybe you should talk to them about it. Tell your friends that it is normal for you and it is not a big deal and nothing to worry about. But if you do this, there may be a serious reason Are you doing it by force or is it just coming on naturally? Only you can really answer that question and either way you answer it, you should probably talk to a doctor about it. Do your parents know about it? Maybe you should talk to them about it as they would be concerned as well. Hopefully, your friends will understand your situation and not freak out about it. Don’t misunderstand if your friends are concerned as it just means that they care and worry about you. We hope you solve your problems. Remember to check up with a doctor or counselor or even your parents to see if your situation is more serious than you think. Even though you’re young, health is nothing to mess around with.

Response No. 2:

This is a very tough situation to go through. You have to think of it this way, your friend is only doing this for you because she cares about you. You may think of this as something small for now but this is where it all starts. I had a cousin that was in your position who started off saying ,“I barely do this” and she didn’t think this was something worth caring about until her health began to go down the drain. There are many risk factors when doing this for instance over time eating disorders can cause withdrawal from friends, depression, significant weight loss, hair loss, etc. All those things will become a part of who you are if you choose to continue this unhealthy habit. It may not physically or mentally affect you now, but it will eventually, I guarantee you. I implore you to hear what your friend has to say because it seems like she wants to help you, If you had a friend who you thought was in danger and she didn’t think so you would do your best to try and help them out. If you ever feel this habit gets out of control and you can’t control how often you do it reach out to any adult, counselor, parents anyone who can help you. I think the best solution for you is to reach out to people who your trust and ask for advice chances are they will help you get through this. Good luck, hope this helped.

Response No. 3:

Well to start off throwing up after consuming too much food isn’t healthy and I can see how that may concern your friends. Eating disorders are very common within teenagers and a very serious problem, even though you may think this is no big deal throwing up after eating is a condition called bulimia. Bulimia is an emotional disorder in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self induced vomiting, purging, or fasting. The first signs of eating disorders is denial. Even though it may seem like its not a big deal, there is no harm in talking to your doctor about it. And after that if everything is fine then you can tell your friend that she can stop worrying. You are really lucky to have a friend that cares about you so much. Some reason people throw up after overeating is because they haven’t eaten for most of the day then consume large amounts of food at once and that upsets their stomachs, which isn’t healthy. I would strongly recommend talking to a parent or teacher about if it occurs too often. Most likely your friends are worried about your health and well being and if you know that for sure the reason for the vomiting is nothing to worry about just sit down and have a talk with your friend so you can explain to her that there is nothing to worry about.

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