Nowadays, our society has a general obsession with weight that makes us conscious of what we are eating (which is not a bad thing) and feel guilty for eating not healthy. We can see this problem totally harmless as it affects a lot of people, but in reality, this is not. On the contrary, this focus on food and bodies can lead to unhealthy fixations. Hopefully, you can easily fix these fixations for example by seeing a therapist food.
If you recognize yourself with some points of the following list, so often that it’s interfering with your daily life, it may be time to talk about it with someone you trust ( friend, family member or even a therapist food).
- You can’t stop thinking about food and/or your weight.
Even it is totally normal to think about food or about your body sometimes, it should not interfere with your daily functioning or give you concerns (anxiety, guilt, shame) for example if you are always thinking about your next meal, or your next workout to lose the calories of your lunch.
- You don’t like to eat in front of other people
This happens commonly with people with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. They prefer not to eat in front of people in order not to be criticized. Even if you don’t have an eating disorder, you might experience stress or anxiety to eat in front of other people.
- You are obsessed with healthy foods.
Orthorexia is an eating disorder characterized by a need to eat only clean or pure foods and becoming stressed when no health food is available. The problem appears when there is a misunderstanding of what is truly healthy and doesn’t allow you to eat the food you love again.
- You have compulsive or stressful reactions with food
A lot of people like to eat their meals in a particular way (for example you like to eat the vegetables first). We can call it “food rituals”. The only fact to stop the ritual can cause stress and anxiety.
- You are severely restricting calories
Constantly counting the number of calories you are eating can represent an eating disorder. It can be dangerous if you are skipping meals in order to save calories.
- You can’t control how much you eat
This involves repeated episodes of eating a big quantity of food past the point of fullness, following by a feeling of disgust, depression, or guilt.
If you recognize yourself in some of these points, consider that talking about it and understanding that this is a problem in your daily life is already a big step.