Eating issues and eating disorders are not the same. An eating issue develops when people become so occupied with food and appearance that this preoccupation negatively influences their lives. Eating issues can affect anyone of any socio-economic status, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
This problem is broader than only clinically diagnosable eating disorders, so we use the term eating issues to be more inclusive. Eating issues can vary in severity, and clinically diagnosed eating disorders are at the far end of this continuum. Not everyone who struggles with an eating issue has an eating disorder. While some people do develop eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, many more people who may not meet the diagnostic criteria still have issues with eating and food.
If you are concerned that a friend or family member or even you might be struggling with an eating issue, learn more about what they are and what you can do.
Eating Disorders or Eating Issue?
Most eating issues have psychological roots. While a problem in and of itself, an eating issue is often an attempt to solve some underlying concern, as well.
There are three common types of eating disorders, each with its own signs and symptoms. Not everyone will exhibit any or all of these behaviors; those mentioned below are the most common. Some people may even have more than one eating disorder.
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating
Other Related Issues
- Compulsive Exercising
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder