Disordered eating is a term that can encompass a wide range of abnormal eating behaviors. These may include the clinical eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and compulsive eating. However, this term can also be used to describe other types of irregular or chaotic eating patterns.
Disordered eating can have negative effects on overall health, well-being and self-esteem. Many times sensations of hunger and satiety (fullness) are ignored. Disordered eating can also trigger emotional, social and physical symptoms and problems. It can cause the individual to feel tired and depressed, have decreased concentration, nutritional imbalances, osteoporosis and stress factors or injury from over exercise.
Disordered eating habits can lead to eating disorders if they persist long enough or becoming coping mechanisms for emotional or social stress. If you have eating concerns campus services are available to help, including counseling services, health services and dietitian services through Student Life.