disordered eating is a spectrum, and although there are places on the spectrum that are more dangerous or severe than others, the entire spectrum is problematic & harmful.
and you don’t have to have a full-blown eating disorder to be struggling with disordered eating or engaging in disordered behaviors that impact the quality of your life, your relationships, your emotional, physical, or mental health, and your overall well-being.
below are some eating disorder behaviors (many of which our culture praises):
• tracking what you eat without a legit medical reason
• feeling like you need to earn or make up for what you eat
• feeling guilty after eating
• cutting out entire food groups without a legit medical reason
• using exercise to compensate for what you’re eating
• skipping social events because of fear of food
• skipping snacks or meals with the hopes of weight loss
• obsessive thoughts about food, weight, and body size
• using skinny teas, laxatives, or purging to compensate for eating
• ignoring signals from your body and using external sources like a clock or food rules
• trying to chew gum or drink coffee instead of eating
• anxiety about eating out at restaurants
• routine body checking, looking in the mirror, constantly weighing yourself
because we live in a culture that values thinness over actual health, you might experience praise for these behaviors, you might see them as normal or even healthful, but they’re not normal they are disordered eating behaviors.
if food causes you stress and anxiety, if you are constantly worried about your weight and what you look like, you are worthy of help! there is no such thing as “not sick enough” or “not struggling enough” to seek support.