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Savvy12

710d

Hi, I was just wondering what do people think is the difference between an eating disorder and disordered eating?

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    • hmmmm

      276d

      the difference can also be in the motivation. eating disorders are often driven by emotions and body image issues. disordered eating can also be driven by this and the difference there would be severity and control (whether you feel you can stop). but disordered eating can also have other causes. i have disordered eating but it's not because i don't want to eat or want to lose weight. it's from my adhd and autism and those making me forget to eat or sometimes feeling like all foods are wrong, and sometimes my depression making me lose my appetite or want to eat everything. someone else mentioned that disordered eating is a symptom and i agree with that, whether it's a symptom of a disorder or of diet culture.

    • hmmmm

      276d

      the difference can also be in the motivation. eating disorders are often driven by emotions and body image issues. disordered eating can also be driven by this and the difference there would be severity and control (whether you feel you can stop). but disordered eating can also have other causes. i have disordered eating but it's not because i don't want to eat or want to lose weight. it's from my adhd and autism and those making me forget to eat or sometimes feeling like all foods are wrong, and sometimes my depression making me lose my appetite or want to eat everything. someone else mentioned that disordered eating is a symptom and i agree with that, whether it's a symptom of a disorder or of diet culture.

    • Bulbous

      277d

      No difference

    • Bulbous

      295d

      Don’t think there’s a difference

    • llarskyy

      353d

      it's hard to distinguish sometimes, but from what I've gathered, it's about severity and frequency. disordered eating would be not eating regularly every now and then, or eating in a way that isn't normal, but doesn't impact your every day. eating disorders would be all or most of the time, and would impact your every day life.

    • strugglebus

      353d

      I have never heard of disordered eating before. I really appreciate this being brought to light. My meds really affected my appetite and created a negative view on food for me but never created an eating disorder. So I'd like to think I experience disordered eating and understand it well now. Thank you

    • Bubbl3s

      355d

      Disordered eating is an unhealthy relationship with food, eating disorders are a mental health problem involving disordered eating

    • jolyne

      710d

      i think an eating disorder is a diagnosis, & disordered eating is a symptom. :3

    • HymenopusCoronatus

      710d

      Psychology Today says “What distinguishes disordered eating from a full-blown eating disorder? It is all about degree. An individual with disordered eating is often engaged in some of the same behavior as those with eating disorders but at a lesser frequency or lower level of severity.”

    • HymenopusCoronatus

      710d

      I honestly didn’t know there’s a difference or a separate definition. I might have disordered eating now that this is mentioned lol

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