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Stressorexia Hits Overworked Moms

Are You Stressorexic?

Anorexia is an eating disorder that affects many young women. Those who suffer from it, often starve themselves in an effort to become "skinny."

Some believe anorexia is making its way to a demographic under a different guise – the overburdened, stressed out, multi–tasking mother. Unlike the anorexic that intentionally denies herself food, the "stressorexic" is so busy working, running errands and taking care of others that she often forgets to eat properly. To learn more about stressorexia,


Dr. Adrian Lord, a consultant psychiatrist from Harrow, UK, said:

Stressorexia is not a scientific diagnosis that a doctor would make, but anecdotally its symptoms are very prevalent among women. They are trying to be sexy, fashionable and slim, have a career and be perfect mothers and wives. Some neglect to eat because they are too busy and others are just totally stressed-out - which suppresses the appetite.

As an over–committed mama, I can definitely attest to suffering from stressorexia every now and then. When I've got to feed my lil one, clean the house, pick up laundry, stop by the grocery, and catch up on work, sometimes the last thing on my mind is grabbing a bite to eat.

What about you? Have you experienced a bout of stressorexia?


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Neural Neural 9 years
I never really "forgot" to eat when I was on maternity leave, but there were plenty of days when I didn't get a chance to eat until it was about 4pm. My mom always laughed and thought I was exaggerating until I left her alone with the baby for a few hours when she was 6 weeks old. She was frantic and exhausted when I got home and she believed me then!!!
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
Oh yes!! Even in pregnancy when I'm making very conscious and targeted efforts towards eating healthy, drinking enough water, etc. there have been days at work when it's suddenly 2:30 and I'm feeling light headed and realize that I haven't. Now at almost 9 mo pregnant, I carry a little snack pack around w/ me into meetings, etc. so as not to forget!!
lms lms 9 years
I could never forget to eat. I get really miserable if I don't.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
Isn't this just identifying another group of ppl that could be shades of gray toward anorexia? I mean, teen girls that are the prime demo for ano are likely motivated by a sense of loss of control, and the type a finds something to control... this is just another portion of a woman's life that is stressed and overloaded and ano symptoms are appearing. I know a few stressorexic women, and I think a couple MAKE life stressed by doing too much and committing to too much and sometimes wonder if they are addicted to that adrenaline or whatever chemicals the constant stress creates...
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
There just arent enough hours in the day, are there? I mean seriously...i work my a$$ off. Holding down a 9-1/2 hour a day job, then going home and being the primary caretaker for my 3 year old twin sons. I live for husband is like another kid i end up worry about the three of them AND our dog and bird too. I do EVERYTHING....its crazy now that i think about it. I've been super stressed im going to crack soon. Whew...yeah...i am sooooooo stressorexic!
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
As I sit here at my desk working through lunch eating next to nothing - Nope have no idea what you are talking about - :ROTFL: Honestly - I know tons of women like this.
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