What Are Eating Disorders?
- In the most basic form, eating disorders are defined by, “any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits.”
- Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.
- Eating disorders can involve complex and damaging relationships with food, exercise, and body image.
- Eating disorders are not a “fad” or a “phase.” Eating disorders are not a “choice.”
- Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious long-term health consequences when left untreated.
What is Disordered Eating?
- Contrary to what many may believe, “disordered eating” and “eating disorder” are not interchangeable terms.
- Disordered eating is much more common and symptoms typically occur less often than those of an eating disorder.
- Disordered eating refers to a troublesome, unhealthy relationship with certain aspects of food.
- An individual with disordered eating may go on several diets on a fairly regular basis and believe certain foods are “good” while others are “bad.”
- Disordered eating often times is the precursor to a diagnosable eating disorder.