Days before your birthday, you open your front door to an explosion of confetti, singsong wishes and a table overloaded with decadent food. As you smile and utter "you shouldn't haves," your insides tremble with fear. Or perhaps anxiety sets in midmeal as you plot the intense workout that you hope will "undo" the calories you're ingesting. Even if you don't relate to this scenario, someone you know probably does. Anxiety, shame and an inability to reap pleasure from food are symptoms of disordered eating -- a common condition that zaps joy from life, poses physical risks and often goes untreated.
What Is Disordered Eating?
The term "disordered eating" is used to describe a range of negative food-related thoughts and behaviors that do not meet the diagnostic criteria for a full-fledged eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder.
Disordered-eating traits are so common that people often deem them normal, according to licensed clinical psychologist and