Disordered eating can include behaviours that reflect many, but not all, of the symptoms of disordered feeding and eating, such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) or Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), among others.
Disordered eating behaviours specifically related to dieting are the most common indicators of the development of an eating disorder. Eating disorders can develop into severe, life-threatening mental illnesses. An eating disorder is not a lifestyle choice but an indication of a significant mental and physical health imbalance.
Body Dysmorphia can be an isolated concern or in combination with disordered eating. As a result of body dysmorphia, individuals can experience diagnoses such as body dysmorphia, orthorexia, and anorexia athletica, among others. Many of these concerns can be socially understood as ‘healthy-crazed’ or within intense ‘wellness practices.’ However, they are extreme in rigidity and potentially have long-term damaging effects on the body, if not fatal.
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Whether an individual is navigating disordered eating or the challenges of body dysmorphia, elements of ‘numbing, lack of empowerment and control’ are all factors when facing these disorders. Considering the ‘why’ and seeking therapeutic help to manage a behaviour’s’ root’ will result in long-term healing and acceptance.
Upon a person's life, and it has been linked to a reduced ability to cope with stressful situations. There is also an increased incidence of suicidal thoughts and behaviours in adolescents with disordered eating. Courtesy Butterfly.Read More
Disordered Eating Statistics
Research indicates that the prevalence rate of eating disorders is between 2% and 3%. Based on Statistics Canada population data (Statistics Canada 2016), an estimated 725,800 and 1,088,700 Canadians will meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder. Courtesy Canadian Research on Eating Disorders
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