Signs That You Might Have an Eating Disorder

You are unhappy with your figure

One of the signs of an eating disorder (it goes with others) is dissatisfaction with the reflection in the mirror. For example, it may seem that you have “too thick” legs, “too small” breasts, or, in principle, “imperfect” body parts. Such thoughts negatively affect mood, self-confidence, and health.  The most important reason for a negative attitude towards your body is the influence of unrealistic stereotypes about beauty; the situation is aggravated by low self-esteem. A person may be worried about the opinion of others if negative statements about appearance have been haunted since childhood. Working with a psychotherapist and playing sports helps to love yourself – but not because you can lose weight in this way.

You are embarrassed to eat in public

The fear of eating in front of others can harm both socialization and nutritional quality. Eating is an important part of life, whether it’s between class or couples, business lunches, or restaurant dates. The reluctance to eat in public can be caused by fear of being judged for eating “too much”, “wrong” foods, or not being able to do it “nicely.” If the above is about you, try to understand the reasons and understand what exactly you are afraid of. If there are people around you who refuse to accept you like food, it may be worth stopping communication with them, because food is your own business.

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If the problem lies in the area of ​​fear of “looking stupid”, you should learn the simple rules of etiquette and do not hesitate to ask – remember that, for example, before the beginning of the 2000s with ubiquitous sushi, no one knew how to eat with chopsticks. If the fear of eating and drinking in public is so unbearable that you are unable to do anything about it, it is worth talking to a therapist. There is nothing shameful in this – on the contrary, the ability to admit that you need the help of a specialist is a manifestation of strength.

You are often weak or dizzy

A lack of nutrients and energy can adversely affect basic body functions. Stress, negative emotions, dangerous weight loss, and low blood sugar levels lead to physical and mental fatigue. Prolonged fasting can have serious long-term health consequences, such as bone and muscle problems, as well as metabolic disorders, including diabetes and obesity.

You induce vomiting, take diuretics or laxatives

Binge eating episodes can be accompanied by feelings of shame, especially if perceived as a breakdown from the diet or an attempt to eat “normal”. In addition to negative emotions, overeating also causes discomfort in the stomach. To get rid of these feelings, many begin to resort to “cleansing” methods, inducing vomiting after eating or stimulating the kidneys and intestines with medications. Regular use of such products leads to serious problems: dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, diseases of the teeth, digestive tract, kidneys, and heart. It is important to understand that neither vomiting nor laxatives will help get rid of everything eaten, and the damage will be serious

You are constantly dieting and afraid to get bigger.

If you’re constantly counting calories, weighing yourself several times a day, and trying new diets, that’s an eating disorder. It can also manifest itself by constantly downloading new weight loss apps, buying diet books, and subscribing to dozens of nutritional gurus. Diet tracking is important, and there is nothing wrong with seeking advice and guidance, as long as it doesn’t turn into an obsession.

You exercise too much

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An obsessive desire to exercise – to lose weight or to “improve” your own body is also a sign of an eating disorder. An obsession with sports can develop from a desire to burn off all the “extra” calories or show others that you are leading a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, skipping a workout causes panic, anxiety, and even more self-loathing. Against the background of constant diets, exhausting sports can harm the body, depleting it.

You criticize others for their eating habits

If your own nutrition seems so perfect that you allow yourself to openly criticize other people’s nutrition, this is also a wake-up call. Even when you do it “with the best of intentions,” you may not know exactly what is behind the other person’s food choices. After all, one of the basic factors in a healthy relationship with food is pleasure in it. By commenting on the diet of others, especially while eating, you break a harmonious relationship with food for them and yourself.

You skip meals and don’t feel hungry

An irregular diet negatively affects the body’s response to hunger and satiety, and sometimes a person deliberately ignores these signals. In this case, there may be a feeling that you constantly want to eat – or, on the contrary, it seems to a person that he is not hungry, although objectively a lot of time has passed since the last meal. The second option is often disguised as being overly busy – when we “forget” to eat because of work or school.

As a result, the amount of food does not meet the needs of the body – and a manifestation of this imbalance can be too low or too high weight, as well as weakness or disruption of the intestines. Planning meals helps to make meals more regular and enjoyable, as well as creating a good environment: at the table, with beautiful dishes, and with a mobile phone put away.

Anastasia Fetter

Anastasia Fetter