Disordered Eating is a phrase used to describe a range of irregular eating behaviours that may or may not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder.
People who experience disordered eating, whether diagnosed with an Eating Disorder or not, often have poor emotional awareness and have limited access to emotion regulation strategies.
We can’t always see the extent of somebody’s body image struggles. Body image is the way you:
People with ARFID eat a very limited variety or amount of food and it causes problems in their lives. These problems may be health related, like loosing too much weight, or not getting enough nutrients.
These problems may also be social, like not being able to eat meals with others.
Normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your emotions, schedule, hunger and proximity to food.
Examples of ‘normal’ eating include being able to eat when you’re hungry and continue eating until you are satisfied, overeating and undereating at times and giving yourself permission to eat all foods.
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I remember being around eight to nine years old and beginning to develop binge eating disorder symptoms. It was at a challenging point in my life when my parents split up and then when I went to secondary school, things got worse as I had more control over what I was eating…