Are you on a restricted diet? You may be at risk of developing an eating disorder. Many people mistakenly believe that eating disorders only affect people who are overweight, but this is not the case.
Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of weight or size. In this blog post, you will find some information about the relationship between eating disorders and restricted diets.
1. What is a restricted diet, and why do people follow them?
A restricted diet is a diet that is limited in terms of types of foods and calories. It normally doesn’t cover all the nutrients your body needs can lead to serious health problems, and can also affect your mental health.
People often follow restricted diets in an attempt to lose weight or improve their health putting their health at risk.
Usually, these kinds of diets don’t have any scientific basis, and although you might think it is working you can get into trouble, even leading you to an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or other specified feeding or eating disorder.
2. How are restricted diets and eating disorders related?
Restricted diets can be a major contributing factor in the development of eating disorders. When people follow restrictive diets, they are often very focused on food and calories.
This can lead to obsessive thoughts about food and weight, which can be a sign of an eating disorder.
Restrictive diets can also cause people to develop distorted body images. When people severely restrict their food intake, they may start to see their bodies as being “wrong” or “fat”.
This can cause them to obsess over their weight and appearance, which can also be a sign of an eating disorder.
Excessive exercise is another common sign of an eating disorder. People who are struggling with an eating disorder may exercise excessively in an attempt to “burn off” the calories they have eaten.
3. How to identify an eating disorder?
Most people think that eating disorders are just anorexia (trying to control your weight by not eating enough food, exercising too much, or doing both) or bulimia (losing control over how much you eat and then taking drastic action to not put on weight).
But the truth is that there are many ways that eating disorders can show up. You can be suffering from one without even noticing,
There are some science-based criteria for identifying an eating disorder. seeking help from a professional in the area (specialized nutritionist) would help you understand where you are standing and how to get better.
However, there are some signs and symptoms that can lead you to think you or someone you love might have an eating disorder. These are:
Obsession with food and calories
Restriction of food intake
Extreme weight loss or gain
Purging (e.g. vomiting, using laxatives)
Distorted body image
Avoiding socializing when food is involved
Lack of period or delay signs of puberty
Cutting food in small portions and eating slowly
Lying about how much eating
Massive and dramatic weight loss
3. Getting help for you or someone else
If you think you or want of your loved ones is suffering from an eating disorder, don’t hesitate to contact your GP or Medical advisor for a full health and weight evaluation and monitoring.
You can also ask for a referral to an eating disorder specialist. Although it may be hard to admit you or someone else can be suffering from it it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
If you are following a restrictive diet, it is important to talk to a nutritionist. A nutritionist can help you make sure that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs and can also provide guidance on how to follow a healthy diet that does not involve restrictive eating.