What is the difference between an eating disorder and a diet? If the one is considered a mental disorder and the other is something normalized that everyone is doing or trying to do, they seem to be a sea.
But the line between an eating disorder and an eating disorder is not as clear as you might think.  With thinness as the "beauty ideal", our society paints diets for weight loss as safe and normal. We believe it is healthy to strive for a size or weight that is "right" for us according to a table. And in the end, we believe that hunger is a bad thing or a sign of failure.
It does not help that the nutritional culture reinforces this belief by treating the restriction as healthy (or planting that idea in the first place of our minds).
Restriction need not have a place in your recovery or your life in any way – in fact, limitation was all the time close to the root of the problem.
But if a person has a genetic predisposition to an eating disorder, even a random diet could be a trigger that leads to an extreme: an eating disorder with life-threatening consequences. The picture we see in the media from Netflix to Lifetime is a certain type of person: thin, white, young, middle-class or higher, and most often female.
But this stereotype overshadows a truth we need to hear: hunger is the way our bodies fight against diet and eating disorders.
And if we fail to consider fat bodies in favor of the stereotype, we create space in which eating disorders can bloom unnoticed. If our society sees a certain body size as ideal, it does not matter what people do to achieve that ideal.
When society refers to fat people as over-eating and dieters, it ignores the fact that ignoring hunger phrases can lead to eating disorders and eating disorders.
And this fatphobic behavior has a dramatic effect on people in larger bodies, as doctors sometimes, even if they have eating disorders, dictate a portion control, a calorie count or even a restriction on the food they eat – supposedly "higher priority". Health reasons.
It's the most normal and healthy thing in the world when you're restricted and eating too much.
But this is still a food restriction, and restriction only amplifies the voice of the eating disorder and weakens a person's connection
(Admittedly, restriction is not the recommended approach, but the reality is that weight loss still occurs among medical professionals.)
Obese people who are concerned with diet and restriction may never look so emaciated like Netflix's "To the Bone" depiction of anorexia, but d This does not mean that they are less at risk of having medical complications from an eating disorder, that they are not earning the same treatment that thinner humans receive, or that their relationship to food and their body is healthier than that of people who are stereotypically disturbed appearance.
Due to the fact that anorexia and bulimia are much more prevalent on television and in films than on other forms of eating disorders, it could be assumed that they have the highest incidence rates.
In reality, however, this is less well-known most commonly occurring eating disorders:
- emptying disorder – 3.4%
- binge eating disorder – 3.0%
- Atypical anorexia – 2.8%
Anorexia and bulimia have prevalence rates of 0.8% and 2.6%, respectively.
(There are also subclinical levels of eating disorders or less common behaviors that may lack some criteria for other eating disorders.) The general category for these eating disorders is called OSFED.)
And when one is obsessed with normalized food restriction, one becomes make it harder to recognize that food culture is inherently disturbed.
When anorexia and bulimia become the face of eating disorders, fat people may think they have reached a "normal weight," they have r. Eating disorder is acknowledged as a good thing, or there is a need to diet and being thinner become. They may think that ignoring their famine is a healthy thing.
Sometimes the problem is the stigma associated with eating disorders. For example, the term "binge eating disorder" gives weight to the belief that the problem is binge eating, but dieting alone naturally leads to binge eating.
It is the most normal and healthiest thing in the world when you are restricted or eat too much.
The human body is designed to save itself when there is a risk of starvation, releasing a hormone that makes us hungrier and less hungry for looking for food to keep. And as soon as our resilience leaps in nutrition – just as when we stumble across a food source in a famine – we feel we have to eat something.
Another word for that? Yo-yo diet. A sign that your body is doing what it needs to protect you, store energy and prevent hunger.
Now imagine how our body feels when we do this over and over again.
In the restriction, our bodies feel in crisis due to the loss of nutrients and the safety of stored calories. Then, our bodies efficiently release the hormones that are likely to bring us food and send out signals that we look for food and eat a lot.
But for most, it's a normal physical response when we eat or binge more.
The problem is and was never the height. It is our expectations of the human body and the belief that some bodies are better than others. Anorexia should never be an eating disorder we "wanted" to have, and binge eating should not be just an experience of a fat person.
Similarly, we must stop including eating disorders in a hierarchy . Diets, including yo-yo diets, are also part of this hierarchy. It is a hierarchy of socially acceptable eating disorders. No eating disorder is better than another. They are all life-changing, miserable, dangerous and terrible.
Binge eating does not mean that you are a bad dieter and need more effort. An atypical anorexia or other eating disorder in a larger body is not a sign that you deserve to feed less than your peers with a lower body weight. And there's no point in your recovery that you have to worry about your intake being too high.
Restriction need not in any way have a place in your recovery or your life – in fact, restriction has been close to the root of the problem all the time.
Amee Severson is a registered dietitian who focuses on body posture, fat acceptance, and intuitive eating through a lens of social justice. Find out more and inquire about services on their website, Prosper Nutrition and Wellness .