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Eating disorders and disordered eating

Disordered eating patterns can develop at any time in our lives and may result from good intentions to become healthy but can easily backfire when weight stigma or thin ideals continue to drive one's relationship with food.  Disordered eating patterns not always but may become diagnosed Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder or Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders when abnormal and maladaptive eating continues and health is impacted.


Some examples of disordered eating:

  • Basing self-worth on size of body

  • Feeling guilt or shame during or after eating

  • Using compensatory strategies

  • Avoiding social events

  • Obsessively counting calories

  • Extreme anxiety about certain foods or food groups

  • Intentionally suppressing or ignoring hunger cues

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