Having a healthy relationship with food and our bodies is not easy these days. We're bombarded with mixed messages about dieting, thinness, and what to eat. Even in the process of trying to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, we can easily fall into distorted patterns eating if we aren't mindful of our habits.
Disordered eating can quickly turn into an eating disorder if these patterns continue. Relationships with loved ones can become tense and argumentative over food, we can become isolated from friends and family, or we can wind up feeling ashamed or guilty. If self-compassion is being replaced with self-hatred, it’s time to take a good look at our eating habits.
If left untreated, eating disorders can lead to extreme health concerns such as liver damage, osteoporosis or heart failure and can quickly become life-threatening.
Reasons we develop disordered eating patterns may not always be food-related.
Disordered eating can also be triggered by stressful or challenging events in life, our personality types, family influence, pressure from the media that influences our body-image in a negative way, or even biological factors such as hormones or genes.
A few examples of disordered eating: