Good news to me. Finally, some attention paid to the fact that so many people think that the goal of ‘healthy eating’ can turn into an obsession and is an eating disorder.
The Today Show interviewed their health news editor and a blogger of I Village who spoke eloquently on the subject. Same day as the National Eating Disorder Association has their annual benefit this evening, to raise funds and awareness about eating disorders.
So many people struggle with guilt or with preoccupation with eating healthy, or on losing weight, that it has become a part of our culture. Although there are headlines screaming about the eating disorders in the celebrity world at times, it is rare that we really examine our cultural preoccupation and how much an obsession about eating is woven into our daily life. This news segment affirmed what I have been talking about for some time now, that people’s preoccupation with ‘healthy’ eating can also be an eating disorder.
I am happy to see this beginning to be talked about, as I have gotten people in my office over the last five years particularly, worried about their concerns about healthy eating taking over their lives, and turning them into rigid, tense individuals, who can’t enjoy food that is ‘off’ the healthy eating plan.
I commend anyone out there who is able to questions their own behaviors and rigidity. That is always the start. Despite the proven success of programs to help people lose weight like Weight Watchers, which focuses on helping people stay away from depriving themselves, we will always see one fad diet or another hit the newsstand and our imaginations.
So pay attention if your wish to ‘eat healthy’ turns into too much guilt. There is always a path back to freedom with food.
For more information on NEDA, visit their website at: NationalEatingDisorders.org