Shape Magazine Asks: Is Being Neurotic About Food Unhealthy?
Are you neurotic about food? It’s hard to believe that after months of thinking more about beating Seasonal Affective Disorder than peeling off layers and soaking up sun, bathing suit and shorts season is almost upon us… and so are the body image issues that come with it. Where eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia get a lot of press, and in a region of the country better known for over-eating than under-eating, you might not have heard that an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating has earned a place in the pantheon of issues people struggle with when it comes to weight. Shape Magazine recently published a round-up of different “types” of people regarding food issues that I thought was worth sharing. Here’s an excerpt, and you can click the link below to see the full article. And, as always, you can contact me if you recognize yourself and would like some help having a healthy relationship with food and your body!
The obsession with eating the right foods has almost become a social past time: Listen to everyday banter and you’ll find it revolves around the newest diet book, what Jessica Simpson is eating to drop pounds, or how the latest juice fast has done miracles for your memory.
When it comes to food and fitness, the line separating educated and obsessed can be blurry. Orthorexia nervosa, for example, is the unhealthy fixation on healthy eating—and is an eating disorder that should be taken seriously. (To recognize the symptoms and get help go towww.nationaleatingdisorders.org.)
But simply being finicky or focused about food can be disruptive to your body and relationships too—even if your actions don’t land you in the category of a classic eating disorder.
In trying to bring balance to your life, flexibility in your relationship with food is what’s healthy. And obsessing with strict control over every bite may be a reflection of the little control you feel in other aspects of your life. Take a good, long look at your friendships with food to make sure they are ones that support physical and psychological health. And though you won’t find them in textbooks, look out for three types of neurotic eating styles in yourself or friends.