Do I have an eating disorder?
If eating rules your life; if you struggle with control of eating and weight; if you may be harming your health; you may have an eating disorder.
It is a mental health condition with harmful side effects. Many people worry about what they eat and how they look, and do strange things to control their weight. But they don’t all have an eating disorder.
You may have an eating disorder if eating rules your life; if your weight and shape is the most important thing about you; if your concerns about food are affecting your health and well-being and if people who love you are worried about you.
An eating disorder can change over time. It can begin with restriction and evolve into binge eating. Some people have features of all the eating disorders from one moment to the next.
You may not have an official eating disorder but are worried or concerned about your weight, eating behaviours and health in general. You may have some disordered behaviours that concern you or that would you like to change. Help is at hand.
The 3 Dimensions Of Eating Problems
Whether or not you have an eating disorder depends upon your answers to the questions below:
- Do you obsess about everything you eat or what you weigh?
- Do you have bad thoughts about yourself as a result of your eating habits?
- Do you compare yourself constantly to other people?
- Do you have a lot of very strict rules about what you should or should not be eating?
- Is there a lot of guilt, anxiety and fear?
- Do you feel fat even though your friends say you are okay?
- Do you hate yourself for what you put in your mouth?
- Do you feel helpless around food?
- Are you depressed and anxious a lot of the time?
- Do you eat normally in front of others and binge in secret?
- Vomit or use laxatives? Are you always either on or off a diet?
- Do you gorge certain foods or exercise excessively to control your weight?
- Do you keep on eating when you are full, or starve because you fear you will not be able to stop eating once you start?
- Do you constantly jump on the scales?
- Are you always on or off a diet? Do you take slimming pills? Exercise too much?
- Do you feel that your behaviour is not normal – even perhaps dangerous to your health?
- Have you lost touch with what it feels like to eat normally?
- Or are you in denial about how dangerous your eating behaviour has become?
- Maybe you feel you aren’t “bad enough” to need help and support. Everyone with eating issues deserves to get help.