Eating disorders areâ âwhen you have unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behavior around food.
Eating disorders can change your attitude towards food and your body in a way that influences your behavior and eating habits.
How can I tell if my relationship with food is becoming unhealthy?
You can tell if your relationship with food is becoming unhealthy by the way you
- Suddenâ âweightâ âlossâ âorâ âgain
- Your lookâ âtiredâ âandâ âworn-out
- Yourâ âclothingâ âstyleâ âhasâ âchanged
- Changesâ âinâ âtheâ âwayâ âyourâ âhair, â âskinâ â, andâ ânailsâ âlook
- Unhappyâ âwithâ âyourâ âbodyâ âshapeâ âorâ âsize
- Worried, â âupsetâ â, orâ âguiltyâ âafterâ âeating
- Moody, â âirritableâ â, orâ âhaveâ âlowâ âenergy
- Faint, â âdizzyâ â, orâ âweak
- Nervousâ âorâ âoutâ âofâ âcontrolâ âaroundâ âfood
- Coldâ âallâ âtheâ âtimeâ â–â âevenâ âinâ âwarmâ âweather
- Stealâ âorâ âhideâ âfood
- Withdrawâ âfromâ âyourâ âfriends
- Exerciseâ âoftenâ âorâ âexcessively
- Vomitâ âafterâ âmealsâ âorâ âuseâ âlaxatives
- Eat solo orâ âavoidâ âeatingâ âwithâ âothers
- Diet, â âovereat, â âfastâ âorâ âchangeâ âtheâ âwayâ âyouâ âeat
- Difficultyâ âconcentrating
- Haveâ âaâ âstrongâ âfearâ âofâ âgainingâ âweight
- Viewâ âyourâ âbodyâ âdifferentlyâ âthanâ âothersâ âdo
- Worriedâ âaboutâ âwhatâ âyouâ âeatâ âorâ âtheâ âwayâ âyouâ âeat
- Constantlyâ âthinkâ âaboutâ âfood, â âeatingâ â, orâ âbodyweight
Causes of eating disorders
There are lots of possible reasons why you might develop an eating disorder, and the causes are different for everybody. They may include:
- Social pressure to be thin
- Finding it difficult to deal with stress
- Feeling anxious
- Low self-esteem
big, stressful life changes
- Difficult life experiences, such as abuse or bullying
- Difficult relationships with friends or family
What can I do to manage eating disorders?
You can do the following to help you manage eating disorders
- You can try talking to your friend, adult, teacher, or family.
- Do something fun or nice for yourself
- Ask a parent to take you to a doctor
- Talk to a counselor and get help
- Remind yourself that you can get better
- Spend time with people who make you feel safe and good about yourself
- Tune out negative thoughts by watching a movie or TV
- Work on improving your self-esteem.
- Make mealtimes fun by trying to eat together as a family or friends as often as possible.
- Don’t blame yourself. Be mindful about how you talk about your body and you’re eating.
If you're worried about your eating habits, it's important to seek help from a counselor as soon as possible.