Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ANOREXIA: KARLENE, MY HEART IS BREAKING...

Karlene anorexia bulimia

Karlene (November 25/08)


Fifteen minutes ago, I checked Karlene's journal to see if she had updated. She has been in hospital since Halloween and I've been so worried about her. When I saw her photo I cried.

Oh, Karlene, I don't know what to say. I am heartbroken for you.

Here is Karlene's post from today (Tuesday, November 25/08):

"Sunken Eyes

I am sorry I have not kept up with this "diary." I'm just so tired and out of beath! My weight is fluctuating between 69 and 70 pounds. Although I think I look gross as in terms of thinness, I want my weight to go lower. That is SICK, I know!! It's not even about looking skinny anymore. It's more about disappearing! I'm consumed with guilt and shame and just want to float away.

I see my doc on the 1st of December. We will talk about the gastric pacemaker. I don't know if he will go for it or not because everyone doesn't think I'll make it through the surgery.

Oh, how I hurt: physically and emotionally!! I sleep ALL the time now and am "out of it" half the time. I do and say things I don't even remember doing or saying.

Thank you for thinking of me and praying for me and my family!! So many of you are so very sweet to me and that means SO MUCH! I love you all~~~~~

Mood: nauseated"

Karlene anorexia bulimia
Karlene (November 10/08)


For those of you who may be unaware, Karlene has asked me to share her story with others who are suffering from anorexia in the hope that they will seek help before it's too late.


Please visit Karlene's journal and send her some love:

http://chronicanorexic.livejournal.com/6945.html


To read my previous posts on Karlene, please click here:

THE SHOCKING FACE OF ANOREXIA & BULIMIA...KARLENE IS IN HOSPITAL (NOVEMBER 10, 2008)

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BULIMIA: FRIEDA CURTIS, REST IN PEACE...

Frieda Curtis
"This is a girl who thought she was fat and ugly," said Frieda Curtis' father, Chuck Curtis Jr. Frieda was his only daughter.


From the Wisconsin State Journal:

"NOV 17, 2008
DAVID WAHLBERG

On the Wednesday night before she died, Frieda Curtis ate a quarter pounder, fries and a large vanilla shake.

She returned that Thursday morning to McDonald's for eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, a biscuit and another shake.

Friday night, after making a big pot of chili, she went to bed — and didn't wake up.

A bottle found on the floor near her body Sunday hinted at what she likely did with her meals: vomit them up by force...

Frieda, a 19-year-old student at Edgewood College who planned to be a history teacher, died a year ago this month from a heart condition related to bulimia.

By her junior year at West High School, a few blocks from the family's historic house on Madison's Near West Side, Frieda agonized about her body almost daily in journals she kept to herself.

Next to cutout pictures of ultra-thin actresses such as Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockart, Halle Berry and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, she recorded her weight, calorie intake and efforts to get rid of the food she ate.

One day in 2004, she said she had eaten one packet of oatmeal (160 calories), three nuts (about 50 calories), Spaghettios (240 calories), four more nuts (about 50 calories) and a granola bar (140 calories).

She wrote: "640 calories so far, but I had a LOT of Chinese food AND strawberry shortcake! I was able to throw up most of the Chinese food and some of the dessert but I have no idea how many calories I actually digested."

The next day, after a similarly Spartan list of foods, she wrote: "I was also able to get up a little bit of the apple and peanut butter before we left. But still it's not enough!"


Please click here to read Frieda's tragic story in its entirety:

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Monday, November 24, 2008

LARA FLYNN BOYLE DESPERATELY NEEDS HELP...

Lara Flynn Boyle anorexia

Lara Flynn Boyle Lara Flynn Boyle, Nov. 2008


Just when I thought things couldn't get worse for Lara Flynn Boyle, these photos of her appeared last week.

If these pictures are not evidence of Lara's struggle with an eating disorder, I don't know what is. Her hair has become incredibly thin on the top of her head and her legs are alarmingly stick-thin.

Lara Flynn Boyle anorexia

Lara Flynn Boyle anorexia


And if starving her body weren't bad enough, her face continues to go through a startling metamorphosis. After having a rhinoplasty years ago, it's evident Lara's had more plastic surgery on her face. She's now got the Meg Ryan "trout pout," and a very swollen face (from botox injections...or bulimia, perhaps?).

Check out this article from the Mail Online:

Lara Flynn Boyle anorexiaPuffy: the Twin Peaks actress was barely recognisable as she signed autographs at Mr Chow's in Beverly Hills last night

Lara Flynn Boyle anorexia Lara's childlike frame was swimming in her beige suit

"Lara Flynn Boyle is widely believed to have turned to plastic surgery in her quest to remain youthful in recent years, but as the star arrived at Mr. Chow restaurant in Beverly Hills yesterday, she looked anything but fresh faced.

The 38-year-old's bloated face, drooping jowls and bursting trout pout rendered her almost unrecognisable from the actress who first shot to fame in director David Lynch's cult television series Twin Peaks.

Her famously fragile, childlike frame, which was left swimming in a beige pant suit, only added to her worrying appearance.

Lara, who formerly starred in popular US series The Practice and chalked up big screen credits including Men In Black 2, has struggled to keep her career as buoyant in recent times.

Six years ago, Lara, who once dated Jack Nicholson, admitted she dreaded getting older out of fear her Hollywood roles would dry up.

Then just 32, she said: "I know I may be running out of time. There are just not that many roles for older women."

She added: "On a vanity level, I am not looking forward to ageing at all - I think I look pretty good now."


Lara Flynn Boyle anorexia


Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara in better days...

Lara Flynn Boyle


Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara Flynn Boyle


I hope Lara gets help...STAT. She's on that dangerously slippery slope...to death.


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Friday, November 21, 2008

SHANE MERCADO GIVES SASHA FIERCE (BEYONCE) SOME STIFF COMPETITON!

Some entertainment for all you "Single Ladies" this Friday night. Enjoy :^)




And Cubby, not so much :^)



If you missed Shane's original Youtube video which made him an Internet sensation, here it is:




Links:

http://www.youtube.com/v/EMClmPJF2Iw
http://www.youtube.com/v/eidpOdDX8Qg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGemjUvafBw

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Monday, November 17, 2008

THE SECRET OBSESSION: CHEWING AND SPITTING...THE "CHEW-AND-SPIT DIET"


Have you heard of the Chew-and-Spit Diet?
 
Chances are you haven't, but it's been around for years and years. Unfortunately, it's recently regained popularity.

So just what is the Chew-and-Spit Diet?

Ms Misanthropist puts it succinctly:
"You just buy stuff, chew it and spit it out without swallowing, thus ingesting fewer calories. This is best done alone. It sounds gross but it's much MUCH nicer than having your fingernails scratching the back on your throat as you stimulate your gag reflex."



Some experts consider chewing and spitting an eating disorder, while others do not. Regardless, it is a dangerous activity.


And why is it dangerous?
 
Well, let me tell you about just a few problems with this "diet."
"A person who chews and spits is not allowing essential nutrients into the body. Therefore, the behavior is akin to starvation dieting and/or purging by vomiting.


Ulcers (because food in the mouth triggers acid release in the stomach) and jaw pain are possibly in store for regular chewers and spitters.

Stomach Ulcer
Weight gain, not weight loss is the most likely consequence. The body reacts in unforeseen ways to continual chewing and spitting. Seeing, smelling, hearing about and even the hint of food can trigger the release of insulin. This hormone regulates blood sugar and is a major player in diabetes. Tasting food releases salivary enzymes and also triggers the release of insulin. Excess insulin is a dieter’s worst nightmare, because the hormone stirs appetite, making a person feel hungrier, wanting to chew and spit more. Here lies the addiction to chewing and spitting, which like bingeing and purging can be daunting to try and quit. Heightened appetite also triggers eventual weight gain, something easily evidenced by simply reading the bloggers’ laments.


If a person chews and spits long enough, they can fall into a state of hyper-insulinemia, producing too much insulin, which sets him or her up for insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and eventually diabetes.


A person who chews and spits is probably harboring deeper fears about his or her weight and body image. These fears-- and all preoccupations with thinness and dieting-- are the foundation of all eating disorders. If you chew and spit, you are setting yourself up for a serious disorder later in life. "



And last, but not least, your teeth rot.



Please take a moment to read the comments below which were left on a blog by people who chew and spit, or have a loved one who chews and spits:

"Posted by c dibb July 6, 2007 3:26 PM

Posted on July 6, 2007 15:26

Denise Oliver:
My 23 year old daughter has been chewing and spitting for about 7 years now. Other than all of the other reasons for stopping, here is her real life reason:
Her teeth are corroded, breaking and falling out. She needs root canals in all of them and eventually will require implants or more cost effective: dentures.

Why: Because unlike bulimics, the corrosive acid, from letting the chewed food sit in her mouth, then the spitting, has deteriorated her teeth below the gum line, which is virtually impossible to repair. Also, infections in the nerve and jaw are common.

STOP this self destructive behavior. And remember, if much of the reason for doing this is about your self image, picture yourself with dentures at 23. I beg all of you to stop."

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Posted by Denise Oliver July 11, 2007 3:29 PM

Posted on July 11, 2007 15:29

Katy:
I NEED HELP :( I'm only 16 years old. I could relate to everything Brittany said about C/S disorder. (Minus the fact that my mother does not know.) I don't know where too go. I suffer from this horrible chew-spit "disorder." It's become an obsessive compulsive habit and I can't seem to shake it. Help me.

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Posted by DARLENE October 11, 2007 3:59 AM

Posted on October 11, 2007 03:59

sarah :
I have been a chewer/spitter for 8 years now. Former anorexic in and out of eating disorders clinics, never could make myself sick but after getting to a normal weight I thought I'd found a "way" to enjoy the taste of fattening sugary food without getting fat. Wrong.

No matter how hard I excercised, I couldn't get to a size 8 and my teeth are now full of cavities, stained and got missing ones and crowns.

I thought I was the only one who did this till typed it in to Google! I would be mortified if anyone found out what I do, But I can't stop.

I brush my teeth after a big session but still paranoid of not being able to lose weight.Plus I can't afford to keep up my dental care.

I am 29 and am scared to death am going to end up having no teeth and diabetes after reading the articles.

Is there anything long term c/s sufferers can do to reverse damage done?

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Posted by Anonymous December 11, 2007 8:47 AM

Posted on December 11, 2007 08:47

ruthie:
Hi ,I had bulimia for many years. I have it under control now for at least 8 years. I have been chewing my food and spitting it out, mostly sweets like chocolate. It consumes me. I do it every single day .....i was wondering if this can cause hairloss. I was diagnosed alopecia. Now I'm really upset and do this more. I just can't stop on my own . ruthie

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Posted by Anonymous July 21, 2008 11:07 AM

Posted on July 21, 2008 11:07

m.:
I wish I could meet everyone who has posted on this board so far. I really really do. I have been C/Sing for far too long. Finding this huge page with all these comments makes me want to cry. Especially when I realize some of these people are younger, some are older....and all sound as confused and helpless as I feel. :(

The ones on here who are saying it's healthy and that it won't mess up your teeth - YOU ARE WRONG. You either haven't been doing it long enough OR you're lying. Period.

Do this long enough and you will f*ck up your insulin regulation, your insides, and yes, your teeth.

Thank God, all my showing teeth are alright. They're pretty & white and I get compliments on them often. BUT the ones toward the back have started to break/chip and they are PAINFUL.

I'm 28. Have held a lifelong struggle with a myriad of eating disorders, from anorexia to bulimia, compulsive overeating, compulsive eaxercise, laxatives, etc, etc, etc.

All of these things will hurt you in the end. If you live that long.

Anyone who needs a friend, please email me.... I need one, too.

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Posted by Sue September 15, 2008 9:31 PM

Posted on September 15, 2008 21:31

Vivian:
My name is Vivian and I started chewing/spitting while in recovery for bulimia. I now have been chew/spitting for over 11 years and I finally decided it is time to stop. I've been in therapy for almost a year now and I haven't done it in almost two months!

This isn't just a great way to lose weight. In fact, it actually keeps extra weight on you. You are probably swallowing more than you even know, and I am sure of this because I often purged after huge chew/spit binges and a lot would come back up. I have actually lost weight in therapy.

What did I lose by chewing/spitting? First of all my self esteem and like others have mentioned, my teeth are horrible. Almost all of my teeth have 4-5 surface fillings (the back ones) and my mouth still really hurts. I will probably be lucky if I don't end up with dentures.

Don't fool yourself into believing that this is a diet. It's not; it's an eating disorder that accompanies many of the same fears as anorexia and bulima. I have suffered with all three of these diseases and it is not pretty. I am disgusted by those who claim this is just a great way to lose weight. I didn't really even know others suffered from this until recently. I have felt all alone in my disease my whole life. Please stop this before chewing and spitting takes over your whole life. I have two children and I have done it in front of both of them. I used to chew/spit almost all day. Now that I am in recovery, I am able to read books, garden, write and I am getting my life back. Good luck to all of you who are in this struggle as well. I know first hand how hard quitting can be.

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Posted by manda September 24, 2008 7:42 AM

Posted on September 24, 2008 07:42

mary:
Wow. So glad to see the truth about c/s is finally coming out. I did a google search about 2 years ago, and nothing could be found.

I've been addicted to c/s for 8 years now. It started w/ small chocolate bars. Now I binge about 2 grocery bags of junk every day. I can't help it. It's something to do, takes my off of things and it comforts me.

I've not been anoxeric or bulimic, just into c/s as a release. It feels good to confess. No one knows about this but my best friend.

My mom knew about it 4 years ago, but she thinks I'm free from it now. I went to 2 therapists for this. One opposed it, but didn't have any good recovery plan, the other didn't think it was an issue. Just a quirk.

I need help. I don't want to hide this any more. I want to stop, but i don't know how to. I've gone through 3 days w/o it, but always have gone back to it.

Now I feel my speech is being impeded b/c my mouth is always sore and dry.

I need help. Can some one give me step by step pointers/instructions? Has anyone recovered from this?

Thanks for your attention to this! appreciate it!

mary

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Posted by Britni October 25, 2008 2:17 AM

Posted on October 25, 2008 02:17

AMBER:
I HAD THIS AWFUL DISORDER ON AND OFF FOR 1O YEARS, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TRIGGERED IT,BUT IT WAS AN EXHAUSTING, EXPENSIVE HABIT.
I COULD SPEND CLOSE TO 30 DOLLARS A DAY IN FATTENING FOODS AND ISOLATE MYSELF FOR HOURS CHEWING AND SPITTING. I WAS EXHAUSTED,GUILT RIDDEN, BROKE, AND DEPRESSED AFTERWARDS. I SWORE EVERY TIME, NEVER AGAIN AND...I THINK I GAINED WEIGHT BECAUSE IT IS SOMETIMES IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO SWALLOW PART OF THE "chew". IF YOU HAVE THIS PROBLEM SEEK THERAPY,I DID!I'T IS A DISGUSTING, UNNATURAL HABIT THAT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH AND MENTAL PROBLEMS.DON'T BE ASHAMED ,YOU ARE NOT ALONE.HELP IS OUT THERE.

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WARNING!

If you continue chewing and spitting, you will inevitably suffer the disastrous consequences (ulcers, rotting teeth, weight gain, diabetes, etc. )

Please get help...now!





Links:
http://msmisanthropist.blogspot.com/2005/09/chew-n-spit.html

http://trishagura.com/blog/2007/05/chewing_and_spitting_having_yo.html
http://www.dlisted.com/files/winogumglasto1.jpg (photo of Amy Winehouse)

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

DIVORCE, BRITISH STYLE: HUSBAND CHEATS ON WIFE WITH CYBER GIRLFRIEND...




Grab a coffee and read this truly incredulous story from the Mail Online:


Revealed: The 'other woman' in Second Life divorce... who's now engaged to the web cheat she's never met

Linda Brinkley

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Friday, November 14, 2008

PREGNANT & HAVE AN EATING DISORDER? UK DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER NEEDS YOUR HELP...

Victoria (Posh) Beckham before her weight plummeted & after her weight loss

Victoria, while pregnant

Victoria, post-pregnancy


Nicole Richie (May 2007) while pregnant with Harlow Winter Kate Madden


PREGNANT OR RECENTLY GIVEN BIRTH?


LEADING TV COMPANY IN THE UK IS LOOKING FOR WOMEN TO TAKE PART IN A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT PREGNANCY AND BODY IMAGE FOR ITV1.


Are you/ or have you been pregnant whilst having an eating disorder?


We’d like to get a better understanding of what pregnant women with EDs are going through to try and spread awareness of this issue. The film will be a thoughtful and insightful look into this extremely sensitive subject.



We’re in the research stages of our production and are very keen to chat to women with no commitment to taking part in the documentary.


If you’re interested in having a chat or finding out more call Paula on
020 7013 4389 or e-mail:


paula.wittig@rdftelevision.com


All contact will be strictly confidential and does not commit you to the programme in any way.




Links:
new-celebrity-gossip.blogspot.com/2007/09/vic...
www.gm.tv/index.cfm?articleid=22283
www.dailymail.co.uk

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

ANORETIX: A SICK PLAY ON "ANOREXIA"


"† Results not typical.
*These statements have not been verified by the Food and Drug Administration."


To think that a company would market a so-called diet pill under the name "Anoretix" is shocking, irresponsible, and reprehensible.

Mariasol's
been investigating...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

ANOREXIA IS NOT PRETTY...


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