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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Pugle

Disordered Eating or Eating Disorder? How to Tell

Disordered eating exists on a spectrum. If you frequently attempt to ignore your body’s normal hunger and fullness cues, you may be engaging in disordered eating behaviors, which raise your risk for an eating disorder.


Eating is a significant part of life — there’s no way around it.


It’s completely normal and even enjoyable to think about food, meal planning, grocery shopping, or whatever you’re craving for dinner tonight, says Susan Zinn, a licensed certified professional counselor and eating disorder specialist in private practice in Santa Monica, California.


But for many people, excessive thoughts about food and eating — especially as they relate to body weight and shape — can be preoccupying and anxiety inducing, and can even impede their ability to function. Read more in Everyday Health.

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Michelle Pugle, MA

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