Disordered eating is a term that encompasses a range of abnormal eating behaviors. These may include the clinical eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and compulsive eating. However, this term is also 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. We often ignore sensations of hunger and satiety (fullness). Disordered eating can also trigger emotional, social, and physical symptoms and problems. It can cause the individual to experience tiredness and depression, 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 become coping mechanisms for emotional or social stress. Counseling services, health services, and dietitian services are available through Student Life if you have eating concerns.