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Name: Traci
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I'm just wondering how many people think eating disorders are genetic. My mom, cousin, and sister all had eating disorder, and me too. I am scared to have my own baby, in case she gets one too.
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Name: Jenny | Date: Jul 1st, 2005 7:54 PM
Just show your baby the right way to eat and don't worry about it. It seems about 80% of women have some sort of eating disorder! 

Name: ang | Date: Jul 4th, 2005 11:52 PM
my aunt has one, and i have one too, but i don't think they are genetic at all. we both had circumstances in our lives that led us down that road. i'd say you were more influenced by their ed, and their way of thinking, and that probably contributed to you getting one. 

Name: Meg | Date: Jul 9th, 2005 8:19 PM
I definitely think there is a genetic component to eating disorders... that is not to say that it is the only factor. My aunt and I both suffer from anorexia, and my mother definitely has disordered eating (of a different form). I have had the disease for at least 12 years and have been fighting it for over 5 now. I strongly believe that genetics gives us a predisposition to EDs and coexisting problems like depression, OCD, and anxiety disorders. Combined with environmental factors (such as how eating was modeled for us, the role food played in our lives) this can either protect or set up a person to carry out Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive overeating, or a mixture.
I am pregnant now and I am also afraid of how I will model myself for my baby. I don't think it's fair to say "don't worry and eat right" but I am going to try to make a conscious effort to recover fully and model healthy eating for my child. (Easier said than done!) 

Name: mk | Date: Jul 18th, 2005 3:44 PM
hi everyone 

Name: melissa | Date: Aug 8th, 2005 9:29 PM
all three of my sisters & me & my mom have eating disorders- thy say can be heretitory-i dont know though 

Name: Hailee | Date: Aug 19th, 2005 4:49 PM
Hey,
Eating disorders are not genetic. Your baby wont get one unless she gets the wrong example teach your baby, the right ways of eating and how much she can eat. Talk to a doctor/therapitst about this.
Good luck.

Love, Hailee. 


Name: Breanna | Date: Aug 22nd, 2005 5:23 AM
Well my grandmother, mother and I all struggle with Bulimia..... and I started my habit before I ever knew of theirs. So I can't really help but think that it is. 

Name: saskia | Date: Aug 27th, 2005 4:52 PM
hi am 13 years old and i am really unhappy i sometimes make my self sick and sometimes dont eat a all am really big for my age am like 9 10 or even bigger than that (stone) i have tryed to lose it and its not workin a all i really want a teenager who has been through this to talk to i feel unhappy all the time also i wish i could just eat and not think about should i or this is bad for u . i know use peorb wont email me back but i really need some 1 to talk to i really so if u can help me email me at [email protected] i could use it XXXXXX thanks xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Name: angela | Date: Nov 16th, 2005 11:37 PM
there are studies supporting the genetic outbreak of eating disorders. ADDICTION is genetic, therefore the addiction alone is passed down, its what is picked up by the offspring that becomes the addiction. and yes tehre is a chance that it will be with food.

dont be afraid to have children, when they grow up make sure to watch for the signs, and take early action 

Name: lucie | Date: Oct 9th, 2006 12:49 PM
ED's i beleive are not genetic.

ED's are behavioural tendences and all behaviour is learnt and therefore can be unlearnt. It is other factors that contribute for example how your friends and family cope with food can influence you.

But don't worry set your baby a good example and try not to revolve the world around food infront of your baby if you know what i mean.


Lucie

xx 

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