At what point does a extreme diet become a eating disorder ?
Last Updated: 07/17/2018 at 6:54pm
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It becomes an eating disorder when it is controlling every aspect of your life and you can't break away from it
In my opinion, and extreme diet is a physical thing. Dieting is about wanting to be healthy or slimmer, whereas an eating disorder is about control and how you feel. No-one on here can diagnose an eating disorder, but if you're experiencing negative thoughts about your body and feel the need to excessively control your eating habits (to the point where it's unhealthy) you may want to speak to your doctor :)
When you constantly think about losing weight and if you suddenly gain one pound (which can be quite normal), you become angry and frustrated, which will lead you to eat less the next day.
From my understanding, dieting turns into an eating disorder when the diet turns into a central priority in one's life. When someone is at the point that they are thinking about food constantly throughout the day, their diet has evolved into an eating disorder.
Extreme diet becomes an eating disorder when the diet or restriction of energy intake leads to a significantly low body weight, accompanied by an intense fear of gaining weight, a persistent behavior that interferes with weight gain and a persistent lack of recognition of the seriousness of the current low body weight.
A diet generally becomes an eating disorder when it becomes unhealthy and you feel as though it controls you. I found a great example of the different thought patterns between someone who is on a diet and someone who has an eating disorder which you may find helpful :) diet: I shouldn't really eat that I may feel guilty eating disorder: I literally cannot put that into my mouth, I'm so anxious diet: I want a slimmer figure eating disorder: I want to count my ribs diet: I use exercise to feel good about myself and it helps me achieve my goals eating disorder: I use exercise as a means of purging or to punish myself diet: I follow a meal plan but otherwise I live a normal life eating disorder: Food controls me. It is at the centre of my every thought This is just a few examples but I hope this helps you with understanding the differences between extreme dieting and an eating disorder :)
Extreme diets are usually not healthy, but you can try them without them becoming eating disorders. If these diets become a habit, and you find yourself doing them on a regular basis (or daily), then that diet has become an eating disorder and you should consult a medical professional.
In my opinion, it becomes an eating disorder when you become obsessed with it and feel like you are starting to lose control. You feel like you HAVE to do anything to lose weight, including not eating or throwing up.
Extreme diets are unhealthy in their own way, but aren't necessarily a mental health issue until the person with the extreme diet is no longer in control of their actions. They fixate on food and their body shape and diet regimen are disproportionately linked to their self-esteem. They are unable to break their diet without feeling serious psychological strain.
Possibly the best way to understand this is to see a doctor. An eating disorder is categorised by a disordered form of eating normally regarded as an obsession with how the body looks and feels - as well as the way we view ourselves. It's categorised by an unusual and often harmful way of behaving towards food and the body.
In my opinion, any extreme diet could be considered an eating disorder if it begins to become out of the person's control. If they feel they cannot change their eating habits you can then conclude that it isn't just a temporary fad so they can lose a few pounds before summer. It is a mental disorder.
most people know deep down when they are putting themselves through extreme trials. our body sends constant signals. all we need to do is to pay more attention to those.
An extreme diet becomes an eating disorder when a person sees themselves in a way that in untrue. They see themselves as larger then they are. It also becomes an eating disorder when their mentality is saying "I'll be perfect if I lose __ lbs." or "I'll finally be happy when I'm skinny." Eating Disorders blind a person to the truth.
An extreme diet becomes an eating disorder when the person's thought begin to spiral out of control. Where the person may start thinking in very negative and extreme terms, such as if i eat any more i will be too fat to go to prom. They may compensate for overeating by forms of purging or other types of punishment, rather than recognizing it as a mistake. The point is when the eating disorder has taken over them, rather than the person taking over their eating.
When you feel like you can't enjoy food at all anymore or just give up restrictive eating ; when eating and dieting are the only thing you can think of; when you develop a body image disturbance; and/or when you start risking your health - In short: when it starts to seriously impair your life and you can't do anything about it
A diet becomes an eating disorder when you start cutting calories that are way less than what you should be eating. For instance, an average female should eat about 2000calories a day and exercise to burn 500calories a day. If you are eating 1000 calories a day and burning 500 calories or more exercising, that would mean you have about 500 or less calories in your body which is not healthy.
I feel when the person has lost control on the things they eat and that they feel incapable to eat if they where told to. Dieting is more of a lifestyle choice where Eating disorders are mental and can take away so many things from a person. A simple diet is where you are restraining from eating and try and make better life style choices where eating disorders is where you are literally to scared to eat due to "what if I gain?" And feel extremely guilty if you do eat. A person is born with the genes to develop eating disorders but a diet is simply just a lifestyle choice
An extreme diet becomes a disorder once it becomes an obsessing where it is starting to effect your social life, work life and personal life.
I think an extreme diet is about being healthy. An eating disorder is about being obsessed with being skinny.
In my view, an extreme diet starts becoming an eating disorder when it defines your life. When you reach the point where you constantly think about food or your wish to become skinny, your extreme diet has reached worrying proportions.
It sometimes is not a clear cut threshold. A major sign is always wanting to lose more and more, even though you have reached the point of being underweight. Being unable to realise how much weight you've lost and even though you know you're not supposedly fat, still feeling that you should weight less. Another part is obsession, extremely strong feelings associated either with losing or gaining weight and restriction to the point where most food is deemed inedible. A rule of thumb is: when things become too important and when you don't see the weight lost reflected on your body.
It becomes an eating disorder when it controls your life, and you think about it all the time.
When it starts to damage your health (both mental and physical). Try to research/think about what humans are supposed to eat from a biological & evolutionary aspect when choosing a diet. good luck :)
Do you feel obsessed ? Do you feel guilty or the desire to purge if you break one of your rules? Do you exercise compulsively or go long hours without eating to compensate for the calories you ingested or as an extreme resort to lose weight? Do you have a negative body image (e.g ashamed)? If you answered yes to most/all of these questions , you probably have an eating disorder and should seek medical help promptly.
I believe that dieting is not a bad thing, as long as you love your body and accept it, and the main goal of a diet is to be healthy, then you are in the safe side ! :)
When dieting hurts, when dieting becomes an obsession, when you cannot stop. When it rules and takes over ones life.
When you stop eating or go to extreme measures of a diet such as binging and purging (Eating as much as you feel you can and forcing yourself to vomit it up) that is when it becomes a bad eating disorder. However it can be something such as cutting down your food by so much that you eat hardly any. To be honest there is no real answer but just making sure you eat well is fine.
When your skipping meals and not eating at all except a little bit of cereal or something like that
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