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Old 04-25-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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We all know that teens are currently obsessed with abs. This is a quote from one teen who suffered depression because of it, and went to extremes.

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When I was around 15-16, I went through a serious bout of depression. I dropped some serious weight and took my already skinny frame down to around 115-120 pounds at 6 feet tall. I had a pulse, but I wasn’t living, I was merely existing and completely numb to any kind of emotion. I ended up being hospitalized due to malnutrition and an electrolyte imbalance.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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119 lbs at 5' 2.5" for me (female) is low...so, these male 120 lbers really astound me; let's hope he's working out properly now and has his head straight.
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119 lbs at 5' 2.5" for me (female) is low...so, these male 120 lbers really astound me; let's hope he's working out properly now and has his head straight.
He is. I have his transformation story nearly ready.
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He is. I have his transformation story nearly ready.
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In the beginning I was not eating enough food, and once I got some momentum going, I was eating TOO MUCH food. I had to learn that gaining muscle takes time, and you can’t FORCE it to happen any faster by shoveling outrageous amounts of food down your throat.
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<~~~ fellow skinny guy who was in a similar position. sounds like he has the right outlook. i hope if he's not a MaB'er that he'll start posting here. seems like there have been quite a few new skinny guys here in the past few weeks who are trying to "lean bulk" and are desperately afraid of gaining fat. seems like this guy would be a great resource.
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Last time I was 115-120lb I was in 4th grade. This trend of weakness and being overly skinny is annoying and I hope all the skinny kids with compression shirts go away very soon.

Flat bill caps too. Stupid.

But maybe I'm just getting old.
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By the way, what I said is not meant to be a jab at this perticular person. I know how tough it can be to deal with the pressure of different trends.
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I have struggled with this one, until very recently really.

Guess it might have something to do with upbringing as well as possibly societal influences (?), plus well, my dad was always a bit on the underweight side. Tall and skinny, like I've been for almost ever.

Anyway, great story - would like to hear the rest of it.


Hm. Coming from "skinnyfat" is a bit different, of course (which is where I was at). What initially motivated *me* was shedding the bit of extra fat I had finally gained. Amusing, yeah, but that's what got me into the gym to start with. Random luck brought me over to the lifting side.
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