Defining disordered eating is best done by describing what it is NOT. On one end of the spectrum, it’s not considered and/or perceived to be normal. On the other end of the spectrum, it doesn’t meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, or cause a great deal of emotional and physical distress (criteria for a diagnostic category called Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder).
Normal eating is best described here by dietitian/psychotherapist Ellyn Satter.
Do you binge eat? If you experience reoccurring, out-of-control overeating in small windows of time, often alone, that leave you feeling badly, there’s a good chance you binge eat. If this is your story, the distress you feel is real and recovery is possible. As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, I’ll help you understand your behavior and facilitate your wellness journey.
Binge eating disorder (BED) is 3 times more common than anorexia and bulimia combined, and can affect anyone. Learn more about BED.
When to Seek Help
- When eating feels like a silent, internal, ongoing battle
- When eating feels overwhelming or consumes your thoughts
- When you eat certain foods using conditional rules (I’ll eat this if I … )
- When others are consistently raising a red flag about your eating
- When your health is taking a toll as a result of your diet
- When you’re habitually counting calories or points to lose weight
- When healthful eating interferes with your ability to engage in social eating
Please do not suffer in silence if you believe you may have an eating disorder. Visit this Eating Disorder Screening Tool to help determine if it’s time to seek professional help. If your needs are beyond my scope of practice, I’m happy to refer you to nearby professionals.