Home » Signs & Symptoms » Unhealthy Eating

Unhealthy Eating

For individuals suffering from eating disorders like anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, their relationship with food often takes the reverse path from healthy nourishment to unhealthy obsession. Food no longer is a way of fueling the body, but in eating disordered behavior becomes a way of dealing with other issues and feelings. Below are some signs and symptoms to help determine if you, or a loved one, may have developed an unhealthy relationship with food. If three or more of the following symptoms apply to you, or a loved one, please contact us. You or your loved one may be at risk of having an eating disorder.

  • Fear of gaining weight while eating
  • Feelings of loss of control when eating
  • Having thoughts about food and eating other than at mealtimes
  • Thinking of foods in terms of "good" and "bad" foods
  • Avoiding or eliminating certain groups of foods
  • Choosing foods based on caloric content
  • Feeling shame after eating
  • Serial dieting
  • Consuming a lot of food in a short amount of time
  • Guilt following meals or snacks
  • Sneaking food
  • Lying about eating habits
  • Restrictive eating
  • Comparing your eating habits to others
  • Eating to relieve stress or depression
  • Eating when not hungry
  • Eating sensibly in front of others and then making up for it when alone
  • Strict dieting
  • Fasting
  • Feeling sometimes that one cookie is too much and that a whole bag is not enough
  • Feeling that if you were to eat until you were no longer hungry you would gain weight
  • Fearful that you may not be able to stop eating when you should
  • Becoming physically uncomfortable sometimes after eating
  • Feeling you need to eat in certain patterns or regimens