What's the difference between disordered eating and eating disorders?
Disordered eating means a person has unhealthy eating or exercise behaviours because they're worried about their body image. It's often caused by pressures from the outside world, not a mental illness.
Unhealthy behaviours include:
- Extreme exercising
- Extreme dieting
- Self-induced vomiting
- Binge eating
- Laxative abuse
Eating disorders involve both frequent disordered eating behaviours and bad thoughts about food, weight, or body shape. It's a brain problem that creates obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours around food and the body. A person with an eating disorder may understand that what they're doing is unhealthy, illogical, and self-harming.