Disordered eating is a term that’s used to identify a range of irregular eating behaviors that can lead to more serious issues. Eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia are often associated with disordered eating. The narrow criteria for those conditions, however, excludes the majority of those suffering from disordered eating. Disordered eating can be tough to recognize and isn’t something that many people suffering from can hide from others.

It can be extremely difficult for someone with an eating disorder to admit they have a problem as the lack of sense of control can be a trigger. There are some things you can practice to help limit the number of times disordered eating becomes a bigger problem.

Focus on what you can control:

  • Limit social media
  • Find fun things to do at home
  • Turn off the news
  • Practice kindness
  • Follow CDC recommendations
  • Practice your own social distancing
  • Try to develop a positive attitude and be aware when negative thoughts start to develop
  • Reach out to someone you trust for support

Developing a routine you can count on is an important part of managing your diet. When you are out of your own routine, it can be very challenging to adjust. Behavioral Nutrition is now offering HIPPA compliant Telehealth to help support these individuals in their recovery. This means that you will have audio and visual capability with your provider at home. Behavioral therapy is flexible, concrete and rehabilitates patients of disordered eating habits.

Disordered eating does not just include restriction, binge eating or compensation (i.e., purging, laxative use, excessive exercise). If you feel as you have an unhealthy relationship with food, body image, exercise or are stuck in the diet mentality, please give us a call and we can help you.

Please note that our Dietitians and Behavioral Therapists are very compassionate and will make you feel comfortable, supported and cared for. It can be nerve racking to take a step towards opening up about your own challenges but this is a tough time for everyone. Now is the perfect time with all of this down time to take charge and put your physical and mental health first.

You are not alone – 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from disordered eating (DE).1 Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. Please call (617) 595-7044 and we can set you up for an initial appointment with a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Behavioral Therapist, right from your couch!