When we hear the term “eating disorder” we usually think of someone who won’t eat anything or someone who eats too much and then purges. There really is a lot more to eating disorders than just those 2. Plus, I want to give you some insight into what habits you have now that could lead to an eating disorder. Let me share the five common signs of eating disorders
1 Skipping meals
I know this is something that can happen from time to time with our busy schedules, but if you are intentionally skipping meals then it can be a problem. Do you skip meals when you know you will be going out for a big dinner? That is really not a good sign and not a good idea.
2 Eating until you become sick
This one is a no brainer. If you eat until you are sick, that is obviously not healthy. It also can mean that you have been so strict on what you are eating that you no longer want to feel deprived. Having a healthy lifestyle needs to allow some “cheats” every now and then or else you will binge to the point of sickness.
3 Obsessing over food labels
I will be the first to admit that reading food labels is a good thing but obsessing over them is not. This usually leads people to start looking at food as “pure” or “unpure”. It tends to limit what you will eat to just a very few items. This may lead to a feeling of being superior over those who eat “unpure” food. It can cause someone to feel they need to be punished if they eat anything “unpure”. Often the punishment will involve days of even more rigorous limitations of food or several days of fasting. This is not a healthy attitude towards food.
4 Going to the gym to burn off calories
This one is a bit tricky. Going to the gym and working out is a good thing. It becomes a bad thing if you binge and then the next day work out to the point where you deliberately make yourself so sore that you can’t work out for the next 5 days. You should work out for the health benefits and to feel energetic, not to just burn calories for a planned binge or a binge the night before.
5 Restricting calories because of planned drinking
This can actually be dangerous! If you have not eaten and then you start drinking alcohol, that is a very unhealthy combination. You may need to take a step back and have a reality check. This could not only be a type of eating disorder but could also be a problem with alcohol.
Please feel free to comment on this. Hopefully this will open up a dialogue to help us all have healthier eating habits.