The struggle to attain the ideal body image is skyrocketing to extreme measures in this perfection-obsessed world we live in. To many, the relationship with food is solely linked to the most sought after body image, meaning; doing whatever we can to bring our bodies into perfect alignment with the universally-approved-hard-to-achieve-bodily standards..
It’s a great thing that eating disorders are getting quite the attention and coverage needed.. The awareness of anorexia and bulimia have been globally tackled and successfully treated in most cases.. However, what is less commonly covered is another ailment few are aware of; disordered eating..
Generally speaking, disordered eating is another form of one’s relationship with food. Studies showed that anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of people struggle with symptoms of disordered eating, however without meeting the full criteria that would label them as clinical eating disorders.. To make things clearer below is a list of behavioral signs to help identify disordered eating more precisely, often praised, however act as warning signs..
- The use of any unhealthy weight-control behaviors, such as skipping meals or cutting out food groups in the absence of a medical diagnosis.
- Using laxatives, diuretics, diet pills, restriction, or binge eating.
- Obsessively monitoring weight, trying new and fad diets, and following vigorous exercise routines..
- Coding foods into two categories; good or bad.
Many people change their eating patterns under the guise of wellness rather than weight loss. A different label, given to a behavior that they would think is ideal, while slowly veering into disordered eating..
When someone is completely focused on dieting, they are setting themselves to a lifestyle of agony.. A vicious cycle which begins with dieting, not dieting, and dieting again.. This cycle when repetitive is disordered eating and signals a beginning of eating disorders.. Sufferers show signs of anxiety, depression, rigidness and extremity.
Disordered eating is becoming a cultural issue. We are victims of social media, constantly seeking validation about our body image.. Praising weight loss while neglecting actual health standards during the process is becoming an epidemic.
What We Need To Know
- Our bodies are created to adhere through changes we go through in life. Focusing on a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle will maximize your potential to overcome life’s mishaps. Focus on wellness rather than disguised perfection.
- Regular eating nourishes the brain and body and allows it to regulate blood sugar.. Listening to your body is what makes a successful relation between a person and food.
- Avoiding weight or body shape goals.. Being more flexible and focusing on a nutritious diet with regular exercise is the perfect equation.