Hello cherrys-rule. I'm 34 years old, and I don't eat much, either...I never have. People say to me "you're too skinny". I never say to them "you're too fat". (well, ok, I admit...once or twice, but only as a riposte!)
I didn't think I had an eating disorder, but if there's nothing exactly to my taste, I'll go hungry. I suppose it's all about *control...I actually prefer hunger pangs to feeling full-up. Keep in mind that those who eat too much have a disorder, too...
(*my particular 'disorder' is sensory. Quite honestly, I can't be bothered chomping my way through all that heavy stuff-eating to me can be a chore, when there's other, more exciting things to do with my senses. So, I've learned to love the preperation, and I make sure the food I have in house is sensually exciting as well as rich in nutrients (cherry's rule!). It works for me, I hope it helps you.)
There's an amount that you should, or shouldn't eat...remember that if your body is allowed to run on empty for too long, it will collapse. There's a fine line between having just enough for nourishment, and not enough to function. After all, there's a whole lifetime to get through, and I for one don't want to look like a wizened old crone by 50.
I've developed a pattern...I make myself eat in the mornings...I can easily forget (even as I'm cooking for others...quite often, I just sit, or potter around the kitchen, to keep them company), and if I 'get it out of the way' I can relax knowing I've had enough to keep on movin'. Plus, once I've had something, it's easier to eat later, for some reason. Like illiana says, the body's smart...it remembers!
Don't worry, but it's good you're talking about it, and remember, a lot of over-weight people will comment about 'being thin' as it makes them feel better about being fat.
ps; Illiana makes a lot of sense. If you are thinking about weight and appearance, it's worth it to look at your bread and beer and crisp (chip) intake. Personally, I doubt you'll be snacking, but if you could make sure you get all the right nutrients from the food you do take, there shouldn't be any problems.
ps; I take it the bulimia comment was a joke---?
[This message has been edited by kif kif (09-08-2006 07:12 AM).]