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I want to be anorexic but I can't pull myself to?

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Hi, I just want to know if there is anything wrong with me? I believe I am fat.. But not too fat. I am 5feet and 7inches tall and weigh about 123 pounds. I know that is good for my height to be that weight, but I don't think it is. I look at people from magazines, friends, random people on the street and think that I should be that skinny! If I did this I would be that skinny. I want to be that skinny. I have tried to be anorexic but I hate the sound my stomach makes when it is hungry, I cave in and eat. I will never make myself through up, I find it disgusting! But i was wondering if there is anything wrong with me if I want to be anorexic but I can't pull myself to actually be anorexic?

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replied September 8th, 2011
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

From the description it seems that you have body dysmorphic disorder.

Based on the height and weight, mentioned here, you have a BMI (body mass index) of 19.26, which falls under the normal range of body weight.

Here is a description of BMI for your knowledge:-

BMI less than 18.5 = underweight
BMI 18.5 - 24.9 = normal
BMI over 25 = overweight
BMI over 30 = obese

Inspite of knowing this that you are having a normal weight, feelings or actions to reduce your weight to much lower levels can be counter productive and can cause long term problems.

Being more skinny - does not necessarily mean that you should be underweight. Comparing yourself with other individuals is not the right way. You should have confidence in yourself and your appearance.

You might benefit by consulting a psychiatrist, who can counsel you and provide proper help.

I hope this helps.

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