Signs You’re Suffering From Disordered Eating

Certain behaviours may suggest that you have issues with food. Here's what to look for.

You may want to chat with someone if:

  • You are preoccupied with weight, food, dieting, calories and carbs to the point that eating and managing your weight become primary concerns over other activities.
  • You are overly focused on body image, size or a specific part of your body that you wish you could change. (Not sure whether or not you have a healthy body image? Take this quiz.)
  • You start to significantly limit food categories. You limit any foods that you consider aren’t good for you and only eat a small category of foods that you consider better.
  • You start to withdraw from social eating activities to avoid the temptation of eating something you deem “bad for you.”

You’re doing okay if:

  • You like to make healthy eating choices but know that it’s not realistic to achieve them all the time. Sometimes a girl needs a brownie (or two).
  • You have #bodygoals, but you don’t obsess over the number on the scale. Strong is sexy! (Try this full-body workout that solely uses a stability ball.)
  • You eat sweet potatoes and don’t punish yourself because, well, carbs.
  • Some days you love the way you look and some days you don’t. That’s natural, and everyone feels it. Body acceptance is ever evolving, and you grow with it.

Next, check out these surprising ways to improve your body image—without losing weight.

Originally Published in Best Health Canada