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Eating Disorders

Are you or your child suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other eating disorders?
Center for Discovery can help. Center for Discovery has been helping teens and adolescents with eating disorders for over 17 years. Call toll free: 1-855-324-9428.

About Disordered Eating

Disordered eating refers to a wide range of abnormal eating behaviors, many of which are shared with diagnosed eating disorders. The major factor differentiating disordered eating from an eating disorder is the level of severity and frequency of behaviors. An individual with disordered eating is often engaged in some of the same behavior as those with eating disorders, but at a lesser frequency or lower level of severity. Despite falling short of meeting criteria for an eating disorder, this does not mean a person is maintaining a healthy relationship with food and weight. Individuals who demonstrate disordered eating may still be at risk both physically and emotionally. Symptoms of disordered eating may include behavior commonly associated with eating disorders, such as:
  • Binge eating
  • Dieting
  • Skipping meals regularly
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Obsessive calorie counting
  • Self-worth based on body shape and weight
  • Misusing laxatives or diuretics
  • Fasting or chronic restrained eating

Disordered eating might also include common psychological symptoms associated with eating disorders. These include:
  • Obsessive calorie counting.
  • Anxiety about certain foods or food groups.
  • A rigid approach to eating, such as only eating certain foods, inflexible meal times, refusal to eat in restaurants or outside of one’s own home.

  • Individuals with disordered eating may be at risk for developing a full-blown eating disorder and are more likely to have a history of depression and/or anxiety, or be at risk for anxiety and depression at some point in the future. Disordered eating can affect an individual’s daily functioning. Disordered eating can disrupt an individual’s concentration and ability to focus. Compulsive thoughts about food, body, and exercise can prevent concentration or impede an individual’s performance at work or school. This condition can also restrict an individual’s social life because it might require eating in a restaurant, consumption of foods that are scary or uncomfortable, or disruption of their exercise routine. Disordered eating is often a maladaptive copings skill in which food consumption and/or restriction is used as way to manage life’s problems or cope with stressors.

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