TeenHelp
Support Forums Today's Posts

Get Advice Connect with TeenHelp Resources
HelpLINK Facebook     Twitter     Tumblr     Instagram    Hotlines    Safety Zone    Alternatives


You are not registered or have not logged in

Hello guest! (Not a guest? Log in above!)

As a guest on TeenHelp you are only able to use some of our site's features. By registering an account you will be able to enjoy unlimited access to our site, and will be able to:

  • Connect with thousands of teenagers worldwide by actively taking part in our Support Forums and Chat Room.
  • Find others with similar interests in our Social Groups.
  • Express yourself through our Blogs, Picture Albums and User Profiles.
  • And much much more!

Signing up is free, anonymous and will only take a few moments, so click here to register now!


Eating Disorders If you or someone close to you is struggling with an eating disorder, reach out here to ask questions or to receive support for recovery.

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  (#1 (permalink)) Old
Elliee Offline
Member
Regular TeenHelper
*****
 
Elliee's Avatar
 
Name: Ellie
Gender: Female
Location: UK

Posts: 419
Join Date: September 21st 2009

Eating Disorder vs. Disordered Eating - February 15th 2010, 04:30 PM

Is there a difference between having an eating disorder and disordered eating? If so, what is it?

For me:
“Eating disorder” is a phrase that describes conditions in which individuals engage in disordered eating. Eating disorders are not simply poor eating habits but are recognised mental health disorders in which emotional issues manifest in harmful eating habits. Disordered eating is also the prequel to an eating disorder. It's like how an eating disorder starts....the way you eat starts becoming disordered.... leading to an eating disorder..

Opinions?
   
  (#2 (permalink)) Old
Casey. Offline
Dance with me
I can't get enough
*********
 
Casey.'s Avatar
 
Name: Casey
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Location: Somewhere in my mind

Posts: 2,343
Blog Entries: 337
Join Date: January 6th 2009

Re: Eating Disorder vs. Disordered Eating - February 16th 2010, 04:05 AM

Technically there is a difference. From what I've been told, disordered eating is ED-like behaviours but that are not an eating disorder, if that makes sense? Like, Obsessing over calories, but not restricting is disordered eating.According to one of my therapists, they are one and the same.

I personally think that disordered eating is the start of an eating disorder, that it can lead to an eating disorder, but is not a full blown disorder yet. I hope some of this made sense xD


She whispered to her own reflection "I will be strong."

"I am not what has happened to me.I am what I have chosen to become."- Carl Jung

"If ye harm none, do as ye wish."

Sometimes things just happen.


Smile through the tears.


PM me

  Send a message via Yahoo to Casey.  
  (#3 (permalink)) Old
.:Bibliophile:. Offline
PM me anytime!

TeenHelp Veteran
*************
 
.:Bibliophile:.'s Avatar
 
Gender: Just me

Posts: 16,679
Blog Entries: 1760
Join Date: January 18th 2009

Re: Eating Disorder vs. Disordered Eating - February 16th 2010, 04:11 AM

To be honest, I don't see a different because both a dangerous. Disordered eating is the start of it. If it is not stopped/noticed it becomes an eating disorder. Eating disorder is full blown needs to seek help immediately or else they will die, eventually.

I think that the only difference between the two is that disordered eating is a little easier to stop. Whereas when a person has an Eating disorder they are so far gone and the ED is in complete control.

I hope this made sense.


|Lead Moderator|Newsletter Officer|
   
  (#4 (permalink)) Old
Jen Offline
Dance in the rain
I've been here a while
********
 
Jen's Avatar
 
Name: Jen
Age: 31
Gender: Female
Location: Massachusetts

Posts: 1,482
Blog Entries: 4
Join Date: March 28th 2009

Re: Eating Disorder vs. Disordered Eating - February 16th 2010, 02:49 PM

Ellie,

Technically, an eating disorder, by definition, can be defined in the DSM-IV. It is a diagnosable illness, and you need to meet a set criteria in order to technically have an eating disorder.

That being said, the majority of people don't go by that strictly, and those guidelines are for things like insurance. Doctors, therapists, and even us alone, can know if we have an eating disorder regardless of if we meet every single technical criteria. Many people struggle with feeling like their ED isn't real if they don't meet all the criteria for anorexia or bulimia. But we all know that an ED is just as real--so don't let that invalidate you!

Disordered eating is what the majority of the public has. It's just what it says--eating that is not quite right. Maybe it involves a reduction of calories, maybe it involves cutting out certain foods, binging on certain foods, etc. Unfortunately, nearly everyone has disordered eating from time to time--but it's not necessarily an eating disorder. It doesn't necessarily take over their lives, consume their brains, etc. For a lot of people, unfortunately, it's just the way of their life and they don't see anything wrong with it.

For our purposes here--try not to get hung up on eating disorder vs. disordered eating. We can get caught up in the terminology when that's not important--recovery is. No matter what you are struggling with--a diagnosed eating disorder or a period of time where you are eating less than you should be, you deserve help. That's the bottom line. If you are having a hard time, and something isn't right, the label doesn't matter.

<3




"Do not ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

“if nothing changed, there’d be no butterflies”

  Send a message via MSN to Jen  
Closed Thread

Bookmarks

Tags
disorder, disordered, eating

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All material copyright ©1998-2019, TeenHelp.
Terms | Legal | Privacy | Conduct | Complaints

Powered by vBulletin®.
Copyright ©2000-2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search engine optimization by vBSEO.
Theme developed in association with vBStyles.