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What is disordered eating?

By September 20, 2021September 27th, 2021Understanding Eating Disorders
Negative thoughts about food

And how is it different from an ‘eating disorder’?

It’s so important to know the difference between these two terms, as they can sometimes be used interchangeably when, in fact, they represent two very different issues.

There are various ways that you could be said to have  ‘disordered eating’, yet still NOT have an eating disorder.

Disordered Eating could mean anything from chaotic eating to simply not taking care of your eating habits. An example of this could be someone who doesn’t prioritise food, or often skips meals, because they’re depressed – these unhealthy food habits are a by-product of the person not looking after their wellbeing. .

When the issue is about more than food

By contrast, an Eating Disorder is specifically connected with poor body image and occurs when someone attempts  to control their shape and weight, in order to feel better about  themselves.

Behaving in a way that is harmful to your physical and emotional health – and doing so because of concerns about weight and feeling fat – these are key signs of an eating disorder.

Therefore, in order to help yourself or a friend, it’s important  to acknowledge that an eating disorder is fuelled by issues with self-esteem and mood. 

It isn’t simply a ‘food’ problem. 

Curious? Here’s how to learn more…

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