Disordered Eating Counselling

Disordered eating is a classification used to describe irregular eating behaviors.  We all miss a snack or a meal at times, but disordered eating is purposeful.  When the decision about what and how much to eat is based on compulsive emotional needs, there is a problem.  Weight/shape preoccupation, striving for perfection, excessive exercising, restrictive eating, and yo-yo dieting are examples of disordered eating behaviors. 

81% of 10 year old girls worry about becoming fat, and 98% of women are unhappy with their weight and have been on diets.  Society tells us we have to be thin to be successful and happy.  This pressure can drive children and teens to experiment with disordered eating. Disordered eating may occur sporadically or during times of excessive stress or illness.  When it continues for long periods of time and starts to interrupt everyday life and activities, it may progress to a clinical eating disorder.   Clinical eating disorders are the most lethal of all mental health diseases.

Five easy rules to remember:

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
  • Fat free eating is not healthy eating
  • 3 healthy meals a day consisting of all the food groups is the best way to be healthy and thin
  • Diets don’t work
  • Any excessive behavior is unhealthy

Early recognition and intervention go a long way to prevent disordered eating from becoming a clinical eating disorder.  Talk to a registered counsellor if your child is showing symptoms of disordered eating.  A nutritionist or dietician can also help to educate you about healthy meal plans.

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