Ali's Adventures

August 23, 2012

Disordered eating or laziness: Update #3

Filed under: Weight loss — by Alison @ 6:33 pm

There hasn’t been a lot of weight loss progress over the summer. I have maintained the 10 lb loss, and while that feels good I was hoping to have lost another 5 lbs in August. I won’t meet my September 1st target, I also really wanted to schedule a hair cut soon for my reward.

But more concerning than my hair, is my realization that my eating habits are odd. Not just unhealthy but possibly disordered. From the National Eating Disordered Information Clinic:

Disordered eating includes a wide range of abnormal eating. This includes the behaviours seen in eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, chronic restrained eating, compulsive eating and habitual dieting. It includes irregular, chaotic eating patterns. Often physical hunger and satiety (fullness) are ignored.

And Wikipedia pulls from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for their definition:

Disordered eating is a classification (within DSM-IV-TR, used in the health-care field) to describe a wide range of irregular eating behaviors that do not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder.

This seems to fit. I don’t have the behaviour patters associated with anorexia, or chronic restrained eating. But I do have irregular eating behaviours. I often eat mindlessly while I’m preparing a meal, usually some form of chocolate. I also eat beyond feeling satisfied and end up feeling sick. There have been times when I consider forcing myself to vomit because I’ve eaten too much. I am a stress eater too, and often eat when I’m bored. I also hid this from people, wrappers are stuffed deep in the garbage and I unload the groceries so that the ‘treats’ can be hidden. None of this seems ordered, but is it enough to be actually disordered.

I think for this healthy lifestyle to actual take root I need to address this and figure out a more balanced approach to food. There are two books I’m considering The Rules of “Normal” Eating by Karen Koening or Carolyn Ross’s workbook for Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating. I like the workbook concept but the first book may be more inclusive. If you have any opinions on either of the books, or another reference that you’ve found helpful, please let me know.

Here’s hoping my next update is full of insight and a more positive approach to food.

While the food issues exist, I am increasing my activity. I skate at least twice a week, usually three times. I’ve finished week 3 of the 200 squats challenge and I’m doing a plank a day.


  1. Yay for you. Great insight. This sort of attention and recognition will help you eventually lose those five pounds and get a handle on your relationship with food.

    Comment by writewrds — August 24, 2012 @ 10:38 am |Reply

  2. I am a stress eater too. Only recently was I so stressed that I stopped eating. That shocked me!
    I am trying to make sure I exercise a lot so I don’t have to be too careful about what I am eating.
    Good for you for figuring out some next steps.

    Comment by Brie — August 27, 2012 @ 10:20 pm |Reply

  3. I’ve read a few books and workbooks on disordered eating (binging specifically). Baby brain means I can’t remember the names but bug me about it and I’ll check my book case when I’m not trapped under a baby 😉

    Comment by Sara — August 31, 2012 @ 10:24 pm |Reply

  4. OMG me too !!
    I also just realized that I can’t really make out the difference between being hungry and thirsty so I eat, but then I realize that it is water that I need and not food.
    I eat a lot too, I don’t think I ever feel satisfied. Maybe I eat out of boredom too; I don’t know.
    I’m starting to gain a lot of weight so me and my friend are starting a diet challenge. Not too extreme; we are just cutting down on the chocolate for a couple of days.

    Comment by Sherineza — November 5, 2012 @ 3:49 pm |Reply

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