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When people say “I don’t want to gain weight because I don’t want my breasts to develop” why is this a sign of anorexia and not body dysmorphia?

At the same time why does saying this make you mental and why would you need therapy? are you supposed to walk around with your boobs hanging out?
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Who has diagnosed this?
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When people say “I don’t want to gain weight because I don’t want my breasts to develop” why is this a sign of anorexia and not body dysmorphia?

At the same time why does saying this make you mental and why would you need therapy? are you supposed to walk around with your boobs hanging out?
It all comes back to Sigmund Freud, see his conception of anorexia was that it was rooted in a desire to never grow up and physically mature like an adult does, and a desire for control, one the sufferer was typically denied during their adolescence by overly controlling parents.
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Who has diagnosed this?
a psychiatrist in eating disorders
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dunno what the above answer is about, but my anorexia was specifically rooted in gender dysphoria. I wanted to lose weight so my breasts wouldn't develop + it caused amenorrhea.
it did make me mental cause my goal was to be significantly underweight, and i was causing myself harm by choosing not to eat.
if you feel like your boobs are hanging out that can be related to dysmorphia warping your perception of how your body looks. if you're like 12-15 right now, as cliche as it is, it does get better.
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dunno what the above answer is about, but my anorexia was specifically rooted in gender dysphoria. I wanted to lose weight so my breasts wouldn't develop + it caused amenorrhea.
it did make me mental cause my goal was to be significantly underweight, and i was causing myself harm by choosing not to eat.
if you feel like your boobs are hanging out that can be related to dysmorphia warping your perception of how your body looks. if you're like 12-15 right now, as cliche as it is, it does get better.
I’m 20, I was diagnosed at 18.
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I don’t have an eating disorder, but I do hate my breasts on an extreme level because trauma and because I feel that they mark me out for mistreatment off men.

Puberty is normal biological process, it is not normal to want to prevent it for what ever reason.
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I don’t have an eating disorder, but I do hate my breasts on an extreme level because trauma and because I feel that they mark me out for mistreatment off men.

Puberty is normal biological process, it is not normal to want to prevent it for what ever reason.
that’s exactly why I don’t want my breasts to develop, because I don’t want attention from men and different ethnic backgrounds dress differently, some may be comfortable walking around with their boobs on display (eating disorder therapists mostly) but I am not, I cover up
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that’s exactly why I don’t want my breasts to develop, because I don’t want attention from men and different ethnic backgrounds dress differently, some may be comfortable walking around with their boobs on display (eating disorder therapists mostly) but I am not, I cover up
I find the feminist Germane Greer comforting.
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I don’t have an eating disorder, but I do hate my breasts on an extreme level because trauma and because I feel that they mark me out for mistreatment off men.

Puberty is normal biological process, it is not normal to want to prevent it for what ever reason.
what if you look like a child due to your height and you have no bum and will never have a bum after gaining weight, so it looks odd like you have a huge body and no bum so you think why should I have boobs if I don’t look like an adult?
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I don’t have an eating disorder, but I do hate my breasts on an extreme level because trauma and because I feel that they mark me out for mistreatment off men.

Puberty is normal biological process, it is not normal to want to prevent it for what ever reason.
I could have delayed puberty to help me grow more but I didn’t, I could have taken an injection to help delay it and growth hormone shots to help me grow.
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I could have delayed puberty to help me grow more but I didn’t, I could have taken an injection to help delay it and growth hormone shots to help me grow.
An eating disorder combined with puberty blockers sounds like a recipe for osteoporosis- it’s probably a good thing that you didn’t.
There’s lots of things sort women can do to assert there age- you could modify your hairstyle, wear makeup, wear heals, adapt your dress. Women can have all sorts of body types and that’s ok.
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An eating disorder combined with puberty blockers sounds like a recipe for osteoporosis- it’s probably a good thing that you didn’t.
There’s lots of things sort women can do to assert there age- you could modify your hairstyle, wear makeup, wear heals, adapt your dress. Women can have all sorts of body types and that’s ok.
no as in its not just an eating disorder for me, you go into medicine and you will study my illness in detail, obviously mine isn’t the only one but its rare and causes your bones to advance at ages 8-9 and then you hit puberty and lose growing time. I had an eating disorder from the age of 18 and obviously by that time, I already hit puberty. I have a growth disorder from birth that causes early puberty
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no as in its not just an eating disorder for me, you go into medicine and you will study my illness in detail, obviously mine isn’t the only one but its rare and causes your bones to advance at ages 8-9 and then you hit puberty and lose growing time. I had an eating disorder from the age of 18 and obviously by that time, I already hit puberty. I have a growth disorder from birth that causes early puberty
Oh OK- sorry fo the misunderstanding. It must be difficult to look different to other people.
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Oh OK- sorry fo the misunderstanding. It must be difficult to look different to other people.
My year group are quite small, so I always thought of myself as a normal person, my height was similar to smaller peers of my year group
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My year group are quite small, so I always thought of myself as a normal person, my height was similar to smaller peers of my year group
Can I ask- how tall are you?
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Can I ask- how tall are you?
4 ft 8.
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When people say “I don’t want to gain weight because I don’t want my breasts to develop” why is this a sign of anorexia and not body dysmorphia?

At the same time why does saying this make you mental and why would you need therapy? are you supposed to walk around with your boobs hanging out?
People don't walk around with their boobs hanging out, where did you get this from?

As for the rest, ask your specialist.
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Anorexia and body dysmorphia go hand in hand. Both of those conditions require therapy.
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