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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 12:27

"Healthy Eating is Not a Diet!" - National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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Repeat dieting and having a pre-occupation with food are nothing new in our culture, especially when over 71% of the American population is overweight. But when does an obsession about weight and calories become more than just a weight problem, when does it become a major health problem? February 27th through March 5th is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Disordered Eating Defined: According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, February  27th through March 5th, disordered eating is defined as "a wide range of irregular eating behaviors that do not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder."
We already know that the more obvious eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, are diagnosed according to a narrow criteria. But this actually excludes most people, and those suffering with some kind of disordered eating pattern (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise specified, or EDNOS in medical terms). What's sad is that these people frequently do not get the needed help they should have when it comes to dealing with unhealthy eating patterns because it is mostly just a decription, not a real medical  disorders or Eating or diagnosis code (a label), where the criteria can be narrow. Yet these people need help beyond the scope of going on one more diet to lose weight. There can be real mental and physical harm when eating in a disordered ways. Do you see yourself in any of the following eating patterns below? If you do, we encourage you to seek out  professional help so you will not perpetuate the problem and not make dieting an entire  lifetime occurrence.
Signs and symptoms of disordered eating may include, but are not limited to:
  • Chronic yo-yo dieting
  • Frequent weight fluctuations
  • Extremely rigid and unhealthy food and exercise regime
  • Feelings of guilt and shame when unable to maintain food and exercise habits
  • Pre-occupation with food, body and exercise that causes distress and has a negative impact on quality of life
  • Constant or frequent compulsive or emotionally-driven eating
  • Use of compensatory measures, such as exercise, food restriction, fasting and even purging or laxative use to "make up for" food consumed
Do you see yourself in any of the above descriptions?
Remember just because you may be eating healthier while you diet to lose weight, it's not a healthy way (especially with constant deprivation) to live for your entire lifetime. - "Healthy living is not a diet!"  More on this topic later.
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