Disordered eating: The disorder next door

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k8yk

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 17:32
Disordered eating: The disorder next door

I think this is worth thinking about for all of us. Why did we gain weight in the first place? In many cases, we overate out of a disordered relationship with food. "Binge Disorder" has recently been classified as an eating disorder in its own right. Remember, people with eating disorders are not necessarily deadly thin. Many with eating disorders become overweight or obese as well! Or we might just look normal to you.

I say "we" instead of "they" because I think I teetered on the brink of eating disorder myself when I was younger. I think I have some insight into the thought patterns that lead us to do harmful things to ourselves in pursuit of weight loss.

Here is a little quiz that I found interesting. Take it with a grain of salt of course. There is no substitute for a proper psychological diagnosis. But you might be surprised what you find:

Eating disorder quiz

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k8yk

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 17:49
Link to quiz fixed.
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drd3775

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 18:12
I took the *quiz* and not surprised at all by the results...I based my answers on past performance with food - not the last six months - and I'm at *moderate* risk for an eating disorder...In all honesty, I choose not to engage that portion of my brain these days...Good article attached as well....thanks
ChallengeMem...

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 18:26
Yes, thanks for posting K8. I have never really thought of my obviously messed up relationship with food a disorder, but I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that it is. It's just that in the past, if you weren't anorexic or bulemic, it wasn't considered a disorder but it's true that there are a lot of issues in between. How did "we" get here?
sooki

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 19:47
I sorta think that my relationship with food is disordered especially when I'm trying to lose weight. I think journaling is a great tool for losing weight, but I think the need to do it is disordered (in my case).
DISCLAIMER: I expect to lose this weight over the next 6 months to 5 years. I'm not going to feel like a failure if it takes an entire month to lose 1 pound. I'm going to feel like a success when that happens! I may offer advice that I'm currently not taking myself. Feel free to call me on that!
Lee2010

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 20:39
I did the quiz, it said I am at high risk of having a disorder! I don't feel disordered!
Jessica...

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 21:05
My score was 33, way high risk. But I have changed many past behaviors so I don't feel it really applies. I've learned from my mistakes and don't go to extremes anymore. Yes, I've starved, overexercised, obsessed, binged, gone on every crazy diet in the books, but that's all in the past. I know that doesn't work and am approaching losing these pounds in a healthy, reasonable way.
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keithd112

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 21:08
I ended up with a 22. Answered on what I used to do.
I was definately a supplement junky in my early 20's and only cared about getting bigger. No roids though.
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k8yk

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 21:13
Yes. Part of the reason the quiz is relevant is because there are so many common activities between ED and dieting. It's a fine line and one that is easy to cross without intending to. Counting calories, frequent weighing, thinking a lot about food.. All useful tools for weightloss that can become obsessive and negative when taken too far. We as people losing weight would be wise to keep it in mind.

Getting a high score on the quiz doesn't necessarily mean anything. But if you find yourself completely preoccupied with your weight or dieting, that could be a red flag.
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Jennifer2010

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 21:16
Score 29....but I do not feel like I have one. Yeah I get a little emotional over this...but I think it's because I just want it so bad. Where's that grain of salt...
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amanda123

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Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 21:35
I was a 27 - neat quiz. I don't know for sure if I had an eating disorder. I know I was an emotional eater. If I was depressed or stressed I would want to eat something junky... cookies or chips. I think I ate out of habit too. I wasn't hungry so why was I eating? I have no idea except that some foods taste so good! Say I go to the movies I want that popcorn with extra butter - because I have a disorder? No because it is so good! LOL! Now when I have a stressfull day at work and I buy a snickers bar from the vending machine, then go thru a drive thru on the way home then eat supper and have popcorn and cookies afterwards.... that may be from a disorder.... I think I used to try to feed the sadness/pain away. I do weigh myself WAY too often. I think it is just because I am so excited to be losing weight but that can lead to low self esteem when it ruins your day because the scales didn't move. We do have to be so carefull. I am trying to do this for my health, physically and mentally. I was watching a tv show the other day and one guy was making a smoothie and he said "I'm eating this because I have decided I want to live a long healthy life" The other guy warms up a toaster strudel with icing and says "I'm eating this because I want to die happy." I think we all struggle to find that middle ground between health & happiness and it can be so hard.
AliPenland

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 09:55
I got 44 that seems super high though.
Starting Weight: Nov 11, 2009 338.8
Goal Weight: 195

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tbear7778

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 10:54
hmm a 20 ....could cross the line any day now I suppose and the more results I get the more obsessed I become its like a wool sweater it just keeps on knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting , im so extreme its all or nothing , fat or skinny, careless or obsessed theres no gray area EVER!!! oh well life goes on , im going to find my grain of salt now
ellyfranklin

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 11:13
I've thought a lot about this as a mother. I learned some terrible habits growing up and I don't want to pass those on to my 4 children.

I try not to reward good behavior with food. I've done it before (especially with potty training) but I've come to realize that it is a mistake. I really think that from an early age, children need to learn that food is for our physical health, not mental health.

It's hard, because it is automatic to say "Eat your veggies and you can have ice cream!" or "I'm sorry you had a bad day at school, let's got get a Sonic Slush." Everyone celebrates with food (holidays, weddings, birthdays, etc.) but is that contributing to an unhealthy relationship with food? I'm not judging...just thinking out loud.
jennielynn

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 12:28
It scored me at a 9, and I thought I was being pretty honest, but I feel as though I probably should have had a higher score than that. I wonder if the tricky thing for me is that it says "Have you done these things to lose weight?" I've done them, but not to lose weight...
AliPenland

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 12:34
I agree with ellyfranklin my disordered eating started young. I do not blame my parents but good times were rewarded with food, straight A's equal Dairy Queen, and bad times equaled food, mom and dad divorced, lets get you some food. I don't have kids yet but I am going to try my hardest when I do to not reward them with food.
Also I think a big contributor was being a member of the clean plate club. not being allowed to leave the table until my plate was clean. I would sit there for hours after the rest of the family was done eating until I finished my dinner. Kids naturally know when to stop eating, but parents force them, to clean their plates. I will not do that with my kids.
Starting Weight: Nov 11, 2009 338.8
Goal Weight: 195

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Catacam

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 12:53
I already knew I would be very high... I have struggled much especially in my early teen and late teen years. My lowest weight ever was 103 and my highest has been 226 (I'm 5' 8"Wink. I have bounced around and spend many hours in treatment... I think it is tough to generalize with a quiz like this and it certainly isn't scientific at all (trust me, I've had many of those). People who are actively trying to lose weight are going to focus and think more about weight and food than those who aren't, so their scores will be higher just because of that. And true eating disorders have little to do with the food itself. It has much more to do with control/lack of control.

Here is to all of us developing a healthy relationship with food and our bodies!!
bodhimama

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Posted: 02 Jul 2010, 07:59
Interesting. My results:

YOUR SCORE: 4
0 to 9 points:
You are at a low risk for being a disordered eater, valuing healthy eating and exercise because they make you feel good. But you keep everything in balance; maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn't keep you from pursuing other goals. You probably draw self-esteem from a variety of resources in your life, including work, meaningful relationships with friends and family, and other personal accomplishments—and not the size of your clothing. Sure, you enjoy looking your best (who doesn't?), but appearance is something you take pride in rather than obsess about. Continue to focus on the happy dividends of a healthy lifestyle and you'll have the energy you need to tick off every item on your dream to do list. Make eating nutritiously even more enjoyable with SELF's database of light, delicious recipes.
*lost this weight using homeopathic hcg! maintaining it with sensible, healthy eating habits and exercise.*
Palesept

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 15:24
I scored a 45 on the quiz. I'm not surprised Sad
Alicia123

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 16:12
I have a love/ hate relationship with food. I can do really well and eat all the right things and feel great. I have lots of energy and losing weight and feel healthy and then one little thing can derail the whole thing. I feel that I am on a runaway train that will not stop once I start. I wish I knew how to handle my stresses without turning towards food.



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