Disordered eating refers to a wide range of abnormal behaviours to control weight or shape often seen in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder even though the full criteria to be diagnosed with the mentioned disordered are not fully met. Common examples of disordered behaviours include:
- Meal skipping, fasting, restrained eating, restrictive dieting or ‘clean’ eating
- Compulsive eating, cravings, binge eating and vomiting
- Misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, diet pills, steroids, creatine or illicit drugs
- Physical and psychological complications similar to diagnosed eating disorders despite the individual’s weight being within or above normal range.
The risks are severe and can lead to a clinical eating disorder, weight gain, fatigue, low mood, poor sleep, altered bowels, low self-esteem and significant emotional impairment.
How our dietitians can help you with disordered eating:
- Restore physical, emotional and mental health by rediscovering ‘normal’ eating
- Re-establish and respond to hunger and fullness signals
- Break free from food rules, diet mentality and the destructive diet-binge cycle
- Learn the principles of mindful and intuitive eating