People can easily recognize eating disorders when they fall into classic forms of Anorexia, Obesity or Bulimia.  Those who struggle with disordered eating tend to fall under the radar, are often dismissed if they fall short of meeting the required diagnosable criteria of an eating disorder or if their behaviors or symptoms are not visually obvious to others.  Those with disordered eating have emotional and physical consequences that can go untreated for extensive periods of time and often can lead to a full-blown eating disorder.  Disordered eating can include the following, but are not limited to:

 

  • Preoccupation with dieting, calories, food intake
  • Eliminating several food categories and creating dietary restrictions when not medically indicated eg.: gluten-free, lactose-intolerant, vegan, raw, organic
  • Intense feelings of guilt, shame and fear related to consuming food
  • Sense of self connected and defined by one's weight
  • Social isolation: avoiding food related activities
  • Compensatory behaviors or "un-do" behaviors: excessive excercise/restricting/use or abuse of laxatives