Why do bulimics steal food?

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Why do bulimics steal food?

I do it too, but why is stealing food listed as a symptom of bulimia? What are most people's reasons for doing it?

Miss H
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I'm not sure. I steal to keep

I'm not sure. I steal to keep the costs of bingeing down. I also think that it might be to do with the impulsiveness. I used to steal a lot before I got bulimia, but just little things like make up and jewellery.

Apocalypse Meow
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I rarely steal food from

I rarely steal food from stores, but I definitely steal it from people; boyfriend, parents, gramma, friends etc. Symptom of impulsivity, for me.

Seeing the food, just knowing it's there or feeling compelled to investigate the scene all lead to food thievery. Inability to control desire. Inability to properly assess consequences. Always fun when someone you're close to confronts you and gets upset about it.

Never, ever.

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on".

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me too, to cut the cost, and

me too, to cut the cost, and really think i SHOULDN'T spend money on it... but before long i start to take other things more than just food in store, "Inability to control desire. Inability to properly assess consequences." i think so.

things didn't make me die will make me stronger.

too_much's picture
an anything will do thing

for me it's related to not spending money on food.
not directly stealing from shops, but i try to avoid buying foods in an attempt to avoid spending money on food that I will more than likely end up binging on...

that usually leads to cravings or a feeling that I'm being deprived of something... that leads to the situation where anything will do to binge on, so I end up eating my housemates food!

def need self control~

alexi's picture
It the nice little rush i get

It the nice little rush i get when i steal. Ofcourse its then followed with the guilt of how horrible i am for stealing it. Bad, bad, naughty Lexi!
Bit like the binge/purge cycle. Feels good at the time but you know it wont be afterwards.
Now i just get high from the thought of the stealing....im not left with the guilt.
I read that its common for bulimics to steal, not just food but anything.....

Start to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.

_laura_'s picture
Never stollen

I've never stolen anything in my life, but lately i've suprised myself by thinking about it all the time when i'm buying things to binge on. I am REALLY running out of money and i find myself thinking up statagies while im in the shop so as not to get noticed stealing. One of these days i'm sure ill do it. But obviously i really dont want to-im not a rebellious person at all. That just shows how controlled i am by bulima...

rapunzel826's picture

I steal because I am too ashamed to buy it and also money is a huge factor.

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." -Roald Dahl

happyliving's picture
stealing from roomates

It's actually kind of funny. I steal from my roomies in frequent small doses.
I think they're onto me ..

sugarcoated's picture
i feel like i'm robbing myself!

i would never steal from a store

and i try to reduce binges and not buy things binge wise.

i will get cravings and 'steal' families food but i most of the time i try replace it before they even notice it has gone,
then sometimes i'll eat the replacement too!
what a crazy cycle!

also if i buy chocolates for a birthday present i eat that too and have to replace it
i am terrible!!!!!
i am actually robbing myself!!!!

jennie's picture
Stealing food

I don't steal from the shops but if i am left alone in a room where there is food that is not mine i feel a compulsion to eat it. I also have a lot of trouble throwing food into the bin. I either have to get someone else to do it or i just have to eat it. Not sure why i do this......

stellaluna's picture
i've stolen laxitives from

i've stolen laxitives from the store since i'm too ashamed to purchase them :p

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