Food & Body Related Issues

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A person does not have to have a diagnosed eating disorder to struggle with food and body related issues. Food and body related issues are thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that individuals can struggle with no matter their background, education, location, size, gender or socioeconomic status. All of our lives are inundated with food and body information, expectations, and challenges. These including but are not limited to eating trends, food industrialization, food access, and body expectations.

Disordered Eating Versus Eating Disorders

Disordered eating can surface through many maladaptive behaviors, and while an individual who is struggling may not meet the exact criteria for an eating disorder, this does not minimize their experiences or mean they are not problematic.

Some of the common forms of disordered eating may appear as the following [1]:

  • Emotionally-driven eating
  • Eating compulsively
  • Rigid eating and exercise regimes
  • Constant yo-yo dieting
  • Frequent weight fluctuations
  • Preoccupation with food and body image that negatively affects quality of life
  • Feelings of guilt and shame around eating behaviors and body image
  • Poor body image or low self-esteem

Risks Associated with Disordered Eating

Disordered eating and problematic food and body related issues can lead to a host of complications. Some of the potential consequences associated with disordered eating may include:

  • Increased risk for eating disorders
  • Increased risk for poor body image
  • Bone loss
  • Gastrointestinal distress or discomfort
  • Cardiovascular complications due to electrolyte/fluid imbalances
  • Increased anxiety and depression
  • Social isolation
  • Inability to carry out normal responsibilities, like work duties, school, etc.

Disordered eating and body image issues can influence a host of physical, mental, emotional and social complications. A person may also be simultaneously struggling with other mental health concerns that may be exacerbating food and body related issues, such as addiction or mood disorders.

Support and Prevention

Many people who are struggling with problematic food and body issues suffer in silence before reaching out for assistance. It is important to realize that any behaviors that negatively affecting one’s quality of life should never be dismissed or ignored.

No food and body related issues are too insignificant to get the help and care you deserve for healing. You are more than your symptoms and your past, and we can help you address the underlying causes of any food or body image issues you may be experiencing. At Aloria Health, our team of professionals understand and incorporate the many factors involved with food and body related symptoms and behaviors into our daily care.

References

[1]: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “What is Disordered Eating?”, https://www.eatright.org/health/diseases-and-conditions/eating-disorders/what-is-disordered-eating Accessed 24 July 2018.