Most of our kids and youngsters are getting trapped by yo-yo diets, fad diets or starvation phases. But there is a break-even point beyond which the foods consumed, calories and weight become of utmost health concern. When does this happen and when can it be called a disorder?
What is Disordered Eating?
High-standard publications define disordered eating as an array of irregular eating behaviors that cannot be categorized under a specific eating disorder.
Very few and common eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa (AN) or bulimia nervosa (BN) have a designated list of criteria to be diagnosed into that specific category. But most of the eating disorders and most people affected with these disorders are neglected from such classifications.
Most people with disordered eating symptoms are diagnosed with Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). Like AN or BN, individuals affected by EDNOS must meet certain criteria to receive this diagnosis and that criteria is narrowing down.
A Simple Comparison
Disordered eating can be categorized as a descriptive phase rather than a diagnosis. Though many people with disordered eating can fit the criteria for EDNOS, there are also chances that disordered eating patterns may not fit with the current confines of an eating disorder diagnosis.
Though some of the eating concerns do not have diagnosis, they ought to be considered for treatment as they might become more problematic eating disorders, putting the patient at utmost risk for serious health problems.
Signs of Disordered Eating
Disordered eating might have symptoms such as chronic yo-yo dieting, frequent weight fluctuations, extremely rigid and unhealthy food and exercise regime, guilty feeling when not able to maintain healthy lifestyle, self-occupied with food, body and exercise routines that can result in distress and affect well-being, compulsive or emotionally-driven eating and finally falling back on compensatory measures such as exercise, food restriction, fasting and even purging or laxative use to bring out the food consumed. But remember, they are never restricted to these symptoms alone.
The perfect people to help you detect and treat disordered eating patterns are registered dietitian nutritionists. People often referred to RDNs are totally oblivious of the problem at hand. It is recommended to approach a dietitian/nutritionist who has a background in treating eating disorders. For such nutritionists/dietitians, log on to www.firsteatright.com.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.