Disordered eating is a term most often used to characterize a continuum of unhealthy eating behaviors which have a negative impact on both physical and psychological health.
Often times, these dysfunctional patterns of eating are the result of dietary habits we developed as children, an attempt to cope with stress, or a desire to lose weight and/or align with cultural ideals of body image. Unhealthy eating behaviors may include, but are not limited to: skipping meals, dieting, eliminating entire food groups from one’s diet, binging, purging, or using laxatives to control weight. These behaviors do not have to reach the level of an eating disorder to be problematic within our lives. On the other hand, healthy eating acknowledges internal hunger cues and allows for flexibility in deciding how much and when to eat. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress, manage your emotions, and appreciate your body through strategies such as those provided here can help guide you towards healthy eating habits.