Could you be on the road to an Eatting Disorder?

These are part of a much longer article called “What is ‘Normal’ Eating”from the Spark People site.  I’ve highlighted the ones I’m suffering from currently.

  1. Eating (or restricting) food provides immediate relief from unpleasant negative feelings.
  2. Your eating behaviors frequently make you very unhappy.
  3. You weigh (or are afraid to weigh) yourself very frequently, and
    become significantly distressed when you don’t see the results you hope
  4. You frequently avoid eating because you are afraid that you may not be able to stop once you start.
  5. You believe there are “bad” or “forbidden” foods that you shouldn’t eat, and eating them makes you feel guilty or ashamed.
  6. You very strictly count calories and track of everything you
    eat, and feel that going over your limit means you have failed, at
    least for that day.
  7. When you eat a “forbidden” food or go over your calorie limit, you
    often decide to continue overeating, since you have blown it.
  8. You frequently think that people are talking (or thinking) poorly about you because of your weight, even when nothing is said.
  9. You are trying to lose weight because you think it will influence how other people think or feel about you and treat you.
  10. Being at your current weight makes it very hard for you to feel
    good about yourself and you believe that will change when you lose the
  11. The main reason you exercise is to burn calories, and/or offset the calories you have eaten or plan to eat.
  12. You feel like you have to avoid certain foods entirely because you can’t control how much you’ll eat once you start.
  13. You frequently think about food and eating, much more than necessary.
  14. You eat secretly (to avoid embarrassment if others found out about
    it) or keep hidden food stashes that you eat only when you’re alone.
  15. You believe that many of the problems in your life (work,
    relationships, etc) are due to your weight, and will improve once you
    reach a normal weight.
  16. You frequently eat when you aren’t hungry or feel like you can’t stop yourself, but don’t understand why.
  17. Even though your weight is considered healthy or normal, you are not satisfied, and want to keep losing.
  18. You have many rules about what, when, and how much to eat, and
    breaking these rules causes you to feel anxious, guilty, or negative
    about yourself.
  19. You tend to follow your eating and exercise plan for days or
    weeks at a time, but then seem to go on strike, rebelling against your
    own plans.
  20. The closer you get to an intermediate or long term weight goal, the more you seem to engage in self-sabotage.
  21. You sometimes use overeating, food deprivation, or excessive exercise to “punish” yourself.
  22. You spend a great deal of time and energy tracking your
    nutrition, and feel very uncomfortable eating food when you don’t know
    what’s in it.
  23. You sometimes go to extreme measures like using laxatives,
    diuretics, diet pills or supplements, enemas, or other measures to
    achieve weight loss or offset calories you’ve eaten.
  24. You find yourself doing things you know aren’t healthy or advisable
    (skipping meals, over-exercising, eating very few calories) in order to
    make up for going over your calorie limit, or to speed up your weight
  25. You base your food choices primarily on calorie content, rather than nutritional concerns or personal taste.

14/25 for Me.  The more you have, the more likely you can
develop an eating disorder.  Someone with healthy ideas about eating, exercising and weight loss doesn’t indulge in any of the above behavior.  Apparently.  All my friends must be crazy because most of them have at least a few of these, even my thin friends.

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