Concerns About My Eating Habits and Difficulties Gaining Weight
TeenHealthFX can appreciate that the reactions you get from family and friends are upsetting to you because they are dismissive of what you are feeling rather than validating something that you are struggling with. It can be frustrating and hurtful when that happens.
As for dealing with this issue, while it might be helpful to meet with doctor to rule out any medical issues, it seems more likely that there are emotional issues connected to food that need to be addressed by working with a reputable mental health professional, such as a clinical social worker or clinical psychologist. A therapist can help you understand what some of the underlying issues are that are contributing to these behaviors and can work with you on how to better manage your feelings and behaviors around food. A therapist can also meet with your parents to better help them understand what you are dealing with so they can learn how to be supportive and helpful to you.
If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.
If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.