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My mother failed me and I didn't realize it at the time. I r

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My mother failed me and I didn't realize it at the time. I really need to talk to someone and obviously I can't talk to her about it so I hope it's alright that I share this here. Sorry for the long post..

Everyone (except my family) suspected that my mother may have played a part in my eating disorder's development. She denied it and I didn't question it. My mother was and is emotionally unavailable and abusive. I knew this, but I've been thinking a lot about my past and now, as an adult recovering from anorexia nervosa, I am horrified.

When I was 12 and started obsessing over my weight, she didn't ask me why I wanted to lose weight. She didn't tell me I was good enough the way I was or that I was too young to be worrying about those things. She encouraged me to diet and go for 1,5 hour walks nearly every day of the week for an entire summer. In the time leading up to my first hospitalization and official diagnosis, she gave me diet pills and shakes. I was 13 years old!

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Feb 10

Thank you for sharing your story. I believe your mother made very poor choices in encouraging you to diet when you did not need to at such a young age. After hospitalization, your mother definitely should not have given you diet pills and shakes. I am sorry you had to experience this type of treatment from your mom.


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